Fresh Produce Safety Tips
With the concerns with COVID-19, many have questions about fresh produce and if we have to do anything special during this time to keep it safe. As of now, there has not been an identified risk for COVID-19 from produce or other foods. It can be good to keep these tips in mind to make sure you handle foods, as you store and keep for later use, in a safe way.
In the county, we have many opportunities for fresh produce. Our Marion Tailgate Market is up and running with weekly bounty to take home. We also have fresh produce available through our pop-up markets and other food distribution sites across the community. Food Distribution Sites. So keep these tips in mind.
- Take care when picking out your produce to increase using your eyes to chose as opposed to your touch. Decreasing the handling of produce ensures that you reduce the risks of transferring microorganisms and other harmful pathogens besides the coronavirus.
- You only need to wash your produce in water. Using other washes such as soaps, detergents, and sanitizing solutions could leave residues on the produce. Running cool water and a vegetable scrubber for those hardy vegetables is all that is needed. Check out this video: The Safest Way to Wash Produce
- When we have more produce than we can use immediately, practice safe storage, freezing, canning, or dehydrating practices for use later in the week or year. Food Preservation and Produce Storage.
So enjoy the bounty of fresh produce our local producer grow for us and get the health benefits while keeping it safe.