Produce Cleaning


·         Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.

·         Cut away any damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.

·         Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water. There’s no need to use soap or a produce wash.

·         Wash produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.

·         Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.

·         Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.

·         Throw away the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.

·         Promptly consume cut melon or refrigerate promptly. Keep your cut melon refrigerated at, or less than 40 degrees F (32-34 degrees F is best), for no more than 7 days. 

    ·         Discard cut melons left at room temperature for more than 4 hours.