Health Watch - Food Safety: Cleaning Foods

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about food safety and avoiding food-borne illnesses. Outbreaks of E coli and salmonella aren’t always associated only with meat or fast food.

There have been recalls and outbreaks associated with nutritious foods such as spinach, eggs, tuna and tomatoes. These foods are all on the list of those more likely to carry toxins, according to a one report. Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a clinical dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says safe handling, including refrigeration, cleaning and thorough cooking, when applicable, can help prevent illness. You don’t have to use special washes to clean fruits and vegetables. Just wash them carefully in cold water. Don’t forget to wash the outside of foods like melons. Even if you don’t eat the rinds, a knife can carry bacteria from the rind into the flesh.

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September 2010


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