(HealthDay News) -- Vegetables and fruits can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. So it's important to wash any produce before you eat it -- even fruits or veggies that you peel. Peeling can spread germs from the outer layer to the part you eat.
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The Foodsafety.gov website offers this advice about cleaning produce before you eat it:
- If you see any portions that look damaged or bruised, cut away those areas.
- Use running water to rinse produce, but don't use any detergent, commercial wash or bleach.
- Use a produce brush to scrub firm produce, such as cucumbers or melons.
- Use a clean paper towel to dry these items after they're washed.
-- Diana Kohnle
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