Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Reminder: Practice Safe Food Handling When Buying Produce


(Salt Lake City) Now that the summer harvest season is in full swing, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) reminds consumers to practice safe food handling when shopping for produce at grocery stores or outdoor markets. 
     Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Your local markets carry a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious.  However, harmful bacteria may be in the soil or water where produce grows.
     Fresh produce may also become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during preparation or storage.  Eating contaminated produce (or fruit and vegetable juices made from contaminated produce) can lead to foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.”  As you enjoy fresh produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, follow safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family.

• Wash all surface areas of fruits and vegetables that are consumed raw.
• Keep fruits and vegetables that will be eaten raw separate from other foods such as raw meat, poultry or seafood
• Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
• If you use plastic or other non-porous cutting boards, run them through the dishwasher after use
• Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables before preparing and/or eating

More information, including a video, about safe produce handling.




posted: September 2, 2015