Fresh fruit and vegetables are healthy to eat but if not washed properly they can cause food borne illness from harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli and Listeria
Here are 5 simple tips to good washing practices to ensure your produce remains safe to eat.
- Rinse fruit and vegetables in a clean sink under cold running water.
- Do not use soaps or detergents.
- For produce with a thick skin, like rockmelons, use a vegetable brush to help wash away hard to remove soil that could harbour bacteria.
- Vegetables with rough outer surfaces like broccoli and cauliflower, and lettuce should be soaked for 1-2 minutes in cold clean water. Avoid mixing with other produce.
- After washing, dry with a clean tea-towel or paper towel. This will remove more bacteria.
Once cut or peeled, store produce in a fridge at a temperature of 5oC or less.