DENVER — According to health experts, bacteria on fresh fruits and vegetables makes more people sick than contaminated meat.
But there is one simple thing families can do at home to protect themselves from becoming ill.
While the fresh produce at the store can look enticing, consider what it’s been through before placing it in the cart.
Dr. Marisa Bunning, an associate professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, said when it comes to the grocery store, looks can be deceiving.
“Part of the problem is it all looks so good it doesn’t look like it needs to be washed, but we recommend consumers wash any fresh produce,” added Bunning.
Contamination could come from the processing plant and from exposure to germs in the store, according to health experts.
They said pesticide residue and bacteria can be washed away by using tap water for at least 20 seconds.