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Published May 06, 2013, 11:35 PM

Tuesday Tip: Wash produce well

ATLANTA – A quick rinse under the faucet removes all the yucky stuff from an apple – right?

By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM

ATLANTA – A quick rinse under the faucet removes all the yucky stuff from an apple – right?

According to a new study released in March by the Centers for Disease Control, 46 percent of foodborne illnesses come from to produce. Leafy vegetables were associated with 22 percent of illnesses, more than any other commodity.

To minimize the risk of food poisoning, produce should always be washed well, especially if it won’t be cooked.

Fruits and vegetables should be scrubbed under running water, even those with skin/rinds that are removed before eating (think pineapple, bananas, squash, etc.). Germs can spread from the rind or skin once the fruit or vegetable is cut.

Soaking produce won’t help eliminate potential bacteria because running water helps wash off dirt and bacteria.

Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove even more bacteria. Leafy greens can be stored in a plastic bag lined with paper towels.

Sources: Real Simple, NPR.org and The Kitchenista

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