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Updated: September 13, 2017
All fresh produce, whether bought in the grocery store, the farmers' market, or picked from your garden, should be washed thoroughly before eating. Harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with the fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Fresh produce may become contaminated during or after it is harvested, such as during preparation or storage. This applies whether the produce was organically-grown or grown using conventional methods.
Additional tips to ensure clean produce: