8 Myths About Washing Your Produce

En español | Should you wash all fresh fruits and veggies before eating them? Even the organic ones? And what about that bag of “prewashed” lettuce from the supermarket — should you wash that, too? Modern Farmer magazine chronicles many of these farm-to-table issues for consumers, and one of the website’s most popular stories in 2015 concerned whether you need to wash the fresh produce you get from the supermarket or farmers market — even from your own garden. How …

What’s Lurking in Your Refrigerator Drawers?

Which of your kitchen appliances or utensils has the most germs? It’s not, as most people in a new survey guessed, the keypad on the microwave. Or even that gunky can opener, the second most common answer. In terms of the pathogens that could really make you ill – E. coli, salmonella and listeria – the top three offenders were the refrigerator meat and vegetable drawers, followed by the blender gasket – that floppy ring that fits around the appliance’s …

Finally! FDA’s New Food-Safety Rules

So here’s a brilliant idea: If you want to keep fresh fruits and vegetables from becoming contaminated and making people sick, how about making sure that workers wash their hands, crops are irrigated with unpolluted water, processing equipment stays clean and animals are kept away from crops? Sounds simple, but it’s taken years for the government, consumers and the food industry to agree on how to enforce these things. Last week, two years to the day after Congress passed landmark …