Test Your Produce Safety Savvy
Mar 14, 2016
How well do you make good produce safety choices?
Being healthy includes eating fruits and vegetables, which add nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods. But sometimes harmful germs like Salmonella , E. coli , and Listeria, can live on fruits and vegetables and make you and your family sick.
Test your savvy when selecting, storing, and preparing produce. And read the bonus “produce tips” below.
At the Store or Market
- Before produce shopping, read the current food recalls.
- Get fruits and vegetables home and in the refrigerator in two hours or less.
In Your Kitchen
- Use a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the temperature stays at 40°F or below.
- Clean cutting boards and utensils with hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher (if dishwasher-safe) after each use.
- Store raw meat on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator away from fresh produce and ready-to-eat food.