Vegetables are part of a healthy diet. However, they can also be a source of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. Use these food safety tips to protect yourself and your family.
- Always wash hands with soap and water before you start to prepare vegetables.
- Use clean equipment, including cutting board and knives.
- Wash all produce even if the skin will be peeled. If a produce item is labeled ready to eat, washing is not recommended and could increase risk of illness.
- Wash produce under running water. A scrub brush can help in cleaning produce. Soap and vegetable rinses are not necessary. If soaking is required to loosen dirt, make sure to finish by rinsing under cool or warm running water.
- Store any washed produce in the refrigerator.
Source: Fresh Vegetable Guide, store.extension.iastate.edu/product/12599