Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

5. How should I wash foods before preparing or eating them?

Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. Do not use soap or bleach.

Unlike fruits and vegetables, raw meats, poultry and seafood should not be washed. Washing these raw foods might get rid of some bacteria but can increase the chance of spreading bacteria to other foods, surfaces, and utensils. Cooking these foods to a safe internal temperature will destroy any bacteria on the food.