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WHAT FOODS SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT BE WASHED BEFORE BEING CONSUMED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

WHY YOU  SHOULD NOT WASH MEAT:

 

Washing meat and poultry is a common thing people do before cooking it. However since any cooking temperature above 160°F kills any disease causing bacteria, the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline do not recommend washing or rinsing raw meat. Some of the reasons why the USDA Meat/Poultry do not recommend washing meat before cooking:

 

 

 

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD WASH FRESH PRODUCE:

 

Other than light misting, most grocery stores do not wash their fresh produce before selling. As most fresh fruits and vegetables have pesticides on their outer layer, it is important to remove these residues before human consumption. Be careful not to use any kind of soaps in removing residue as produce skins are porous and will absorb the soap. Some tips on reducing and eliminating residues on fresh produce:

 

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES: fsis.usda.gov, wsu.edu/foodsafety/food-safety

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