Washing fruits & vegetables
Whether they come from your garden, the market, or the store—fruits and vegetables should be washed just before serving. They should never be consumed without
Wash produce under clean, potable, running water.
Use a vegetable scrub brush on produce with a firm skin such as carrots, potatoes, melons and squash.
Always wash produce, such as squash, melons and oranges, even if you don't eat the outer rind. Bacteria on the outer surface can be transferred to the inner flesh when the item is cut or peeled.
Discard outer leaves of leafy vegetables and wash produce thoroughly under clean, potable, running water-making sure all dirt has been removed.