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Food Safety: Handling Fresh Produce1

Jennifer Hillan and Amarat Simonne2

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2. Let this fruit ripen at room temperature. Hint: It’s popular in cobblers!

4. Don’t bag or store produce with raw _ _ _ _.

6. Wash produce with just water. There’s no need for _ _ _ _.

7. Wash your _ _ _ _ _ for 20 seconds with warm water and soap.


1. Keep produce on _ _ _ if transporting it more than an hour.

2. Scrub these root vegetables well before using. Hint: They are great mashed or baked!

3. Wash produce in _ _ _ _ water before using.

5. These are popular in sandwiches and salads, but they are high-risk for foodborne illness. Don’t eat them raw!



2. Peach; 4. Meat; 6. Soap; 7. Hands


1. Ice; 2. Potatoes; 3. Cool; 5. Sprouts



This document is FCS8907, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date May 2010. Reviewed June 2019. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.


Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, former ENAFS nutrition educator/trainer; and Amarat Simonne, Ph.D., professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.