Fresh Produce Handling Safety Prevents Food-Born Disease

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Health officials say you can prevent food-born illness if you handle fresh produce safely.

As local grocery stores and farmers markets stock up on a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables during the spring and summer months, the Oklahoma State Department of Health urges consumers to remember to follow safe handling procedures of fresh produce to protect themselves and their families from the risk of food-related illness.

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It is especially important to remember the role of safe food handling of fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw. Germs that can cause illness may have been in the soil or water where the produce was grown. Fresh produce may also become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during handling or storage.

The following recommendations for safe produce handling will help reduce the risk of food-related illness:

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