By Mary Lynne Hixson, MA, RD
Every year, 1 in 6 people experience illness from eating contaminated food. Nearly half of US foodborne illnesses are caused by produce due to the harmful germs, which may occur during growth, harvestation, storage, and/or preparation. Continue reading to learn how to eliminate unwanted “guests.”
Packaged produce labeled “ready-to-eat”, “washed”, or “triple-washed” should not be washed at home. Doing so may increase risk for cross-contamination.
Do not use soap, detergent, or bleach to wash produce. These products are not intended to be ingested.
About Mary Lynne Hixson, MA, RD:
Mary Lynne, a registered dietitian, helps others enhance their health through the advocacy of nutrient-rich food choices and safe food-handling practices. Her expertise also includes counseling patients who have Type 2 diabetes and advising those who are in medically-managed weight loss programs. After her 35+ year career, she retired and became involved with the launch of Harvest of Hope Pantry in 2012 as a Board of Directors member. Mary Lynne is a weekly volunteer with Cultivate’s Carry-Out Caravan program, shopping and delivering groceries to seniors in the Boulder area, and also a frequent volunteer with Harvest of Hope.
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