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Wash Produce Before Consuming

Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Tomatoes, melons, sweet corn and more can be found at food stands across Iowa this summer and Jason Taylor with Washington County Environmental Health has some tips to make sure you’re eating safe foods. When purchasing food from a roadside stand, be sure it is a whole food, not pre-cut. If food is cut then the stand has to be licensed and inspected, because the food can become contaminated by cutting surfaces, knives or other produce. Once you get food home be sure to wash it. Before cutting melons it’s best to store them in the refrigerator overnight so the temperature gets below 41 degrees before cutting into it. He adds be sure to wash hands before handling food.