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To wash or not to wash? Recommendations for fresh produce

Kathy Brandt

In recent years we've heard about foodborne illness outbreaks from lettuce, spinach, and other fresh produce. The impact of these outbreaks is felt by the growers and distributors, by grocery stores, and by food establishments like yours. As a provider of fresh produce, what steps do you take to serve safe food?

Follow the most current recommendations

Did you know?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows food producers of fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to use irradiation to kill micro-organisms like E.coli and salmonella, which cause foodborne illness in humans.


Food Protection Trends, Vol.27, No.11, Pages 892-898.

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Reviewed by Suzanne Driessen 2016

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