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Make Sure Your Produce is Safe to Eat

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Eat your greens, but clean them first! Dr. Bich-May Nguyen, faculty in the department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says eating fresh produce is good for you, but fruits and vegetables can become contaminated.

Here are some ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from food-borne illness.

  • Separate fruits and vegetables from raw meat, poultry, and seafood in your cart and grocery bags.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after handling produce.
  • Gently rub produce under running water and use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce.
  • Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to reduce bacteria that may be present.
  • If there is damage or bruising, cut away those areas before preparing or eating.

Eat healthy. Be healthy.

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