September is National Food Safety Education Month
Local supermarkets and farmer’s markets have a plentiful supply of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that can enhance nutrition and health for consumers. According to Lynda Johnson, former nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, fresh fruits and vegetables can sometimes become contaminated with harmful bacteria, so it’s important to handle fresh produce safely to reduce the risk of getting food poisoning.
“We encourage consumers to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and to take steps to protect themselves and their family from foodborne illness,” said Johnson.
A study published in Epidemiology and Infection indicates the number of foodborne illness cases involving fruits and vegetables is on the rise…
For steps you can take to reduce your risk for foodborne illness from produce, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/