Illinois Department of Public Health, Food Safety Fact Sheet

Handling Produce Safely

When You Shop · When You Store · When You Prepare · When You're Cooking
When You Serve · When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Adapted from material by Dr. Luke Howard, Institute of Food, Science and Engineering, University of Arkansas and Dr. Pamela L. Brady, Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

When You Shop

When You Store

Recommended Storage

When You Prepare

Wash hands in hot, soapy water —

To wash hands, follow these steps:

  1. Use warm water.
  2. Moisten hands; apply soap.
  3. Wash wrists, palms, back of hands, fingers and under fingernails
  4. Rub hands together for 20 seconds.
  5. Rinse thoroughly.
  6. Dry hands using a clean or disposable towel.

When You’re Cooking

Unlike most animal products, fruits and many vegetables are frequently eaten raw. However, cooking is often used to soften the tissue making the item easier to digest and allowing use in a wider variety of ways.

When You Serve

When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Sometimes produce is forgotten in the refrigerator.

To learn more about foodborne illness and ways to prevent it, talk to your health care professional, your local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies.

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