Should You Wash Ready-to-Eat Produce?
Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, The Short Answer. Registered dietitian April Verdi, RD, LD, fields that one about whether to wash ready-to-eat produce.
A: No, you do not need to wash ready-to-eat produce. In fact, rewashing can increase your risk of getting sick because your produce may become contaminated with bacteria from your sink, countertop, cutting boards or other kitchen surfaces.
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However, you should always wash produce that does not come prewashed before eating it. This is true even for fruits and vegetables that have a rind you plan to peel like watermelon or cucumber. Otherwise, you could spread bacteria and other contaminants when you slice the fruit or vegetable.
Here are some washing tips:
—Registered dietitian April Verdi, MPH, RD, LD