Do you really need to wash your produce before you eat it?

Do you really need to wash your produce before you eat it? Yes, saysThe Washington Post."If you’re tempted to skip washing your produce or give it only a cursory splash, you’re doing it wrong," the outlet says. "Food-borne illness is so often thought of as a scourge of meat and seafood, but [many recent food-illness outbreaks] have been tied to produce." Here are WaPo's tips for how to wash your produce right:

  • Wash produce right before you use it. If you wash it and then sore it in the fridge, the dampness will encourage bacteria growth and spoilage.
  • Wash produce under cold running water. Don’t use soap, bleach or even commercially made produce washes.
  • Scrub with a brush and/or gently rub the produce with your hands.
  • If your bag of salad or other greens says it’s pre-washed, no further work is needed.
  • Wash your hands before and after you do the food, too. 

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