Keep Your Family’s Fruit and Vegetables Safe!

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You’ve probably heard a lot about the recent listeria outbreak involving cantaloupes from one Colorado farm. It’s rare that fruits and vegetables make people sick, but when it does happen, we hear about it all over the newspapers, television, and radio.  As a parent, it is important to pay attention to these food recalls so you can be sure your family’s food is safe.  But don’t let food recalls keep your family from getting their daily fill of delicious fruits and vegetables!

To keep your family safe, follow these food safety tips below and be sure to pay attention to food recalls in the news.

  • Check your produce before you buy it. Avoid produce with bruises and bumps. Also check expiration dates on any fresh-cut produce like salad mixes and baby carrots. And always be sure that the packaged produce is refrigerated at the store.
  • Always wash your hands before and after handling produce. This will help stop the spread of any germs.
  • Rinse all fruit and vegetables under running water before eating or cutting them. This also includes items you are going to peel like bananas and oranges.
  • Be cautious of cross-contamination. Use separate cutting boards for produce and meats. If your fresh produce touches any raw meat, throw the produce away!
  • Always refrigerate cut produce within two hours. Be sure to store cut and cleaned produce in clean containers.

Stay informed and be sure your family gets all the benefits of a diet full of fruits and vegetables! To get the most up-to-date information, check out the government’s food safety website, www.foodsafety.gov.

For more food-safety tips for shopping and cooking, check out Eat Right’s resources here.

 

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