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Should we wash our food? The answer depends on the type of food. Some foods are recommended to be washed, others are not.
Meat and Poultry
Do not wash. Bacteria can cling to meats and poultry that rinsing will not remove. Rinsing actually spreads the germs around in your sink and countertop. The best way is to cook meats and poultry to safe internal temperatures.
Do wash. Wash all produce under running water to remove any lingering dirt. Use a produce brush for rough skins such as potatoes and cantaloupes.
Do not wash. Eggs are already washed as part of commercial egg processing.
Are you Washing Your?
All fruits and vegetables need to be washed before chopping slicing or peeling.
- Dried Beans
However, there is no need to wash any fruits or vegetables that are labeled “pre-washed.”
Source: Washing Food: Does It Promote Food Safety? from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service