Education Corner: Yes, You Need to Wash Your Produce. Here’s How.

Don’t forget to wash your fruits & veggies before you use it, moisture will enhance the growth of bacteria.  The Food and Drug Administration recommends washing produce under cold running water, wash your hands before and after you hand the produce too.  Scrub with a brush and/or gently rub the produce with your hands, depending on what you are cleaning.  Water is sufficient, so don’t use soap or bleach or commercially made produce washes.  The Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Maine found that cold tap or distilled water was just as effective or more effective at remove microbes and pesticides.

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