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Food Safety: Handling Fresh Produce1

Jennifer Hillan and Amarat Simonne 2

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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


1. 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.
2. 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.

Publication #FCS8907

Date: 7/7/2019


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