When dealing with your fruits and vegetables you want to make sure they are washed properly. Washing foods before consumption can help prevent from E.Coli outbreaks. Food Science & Nutrition did a study that showed even rinsing and/or submerging your fruits and vegetables in water doesn’t completely protect you from there E.Coli bacteria. Even specially designed produce washers were less effective than rinsing with water. Good news is you’re unlikely to come to an encounter with E.Coli on fresh produce. Produce is sold uncovered, so even though you can’t wash the E.Coli bacteria away, you’d still be cleaning off the dirt and harmful bacteria and eat healthy. A department chairman and food safety researcher says a simple rinse, rubbing and drying off your fruits and vegetables is the most effective cleaning method. Drying the produce with a clean towel or paper towel can cause great reductions of microorganisms that we’re stuck even with water. Although this method doesn’t work for soft fruits, such as berries, but a good rinse is best just before you eat. Moisture can cause bacteria to grow back, that’s why it’s important to wash your fruits and vegetables just before eating them. You should never eat or cook something without washing your produce first. Also, make sure your hands and kitchen supplies as well as the space is clean to prepare your produce for your needs. You’re likely to spread something onto your produce as you wash it off, if you don’t take the precautions. Never scrub your produce with a brush or clean your food with baking soda to clear away pesticides. They will more than likely contaminate your vegetables than disinfect them. There’s evidence that baking soda can remove pesticides from contaminated fruit but it doesn’t guarantee it will be completely healthy. Exposure risk is greatly reduced by switching to organic produce. Simply anything found in stores labeled “pre-washed” or “ready to eat” doesn’t need rinsed, but for everything else make sure to give it a good rinse and dry. Wanna feel safe rather than sorry? I would, you should too. Especially since there’s evidence that store-brought produce are a health risk due to their pesticide levels. When it comes to removing things that could make you sick from you fruits and vegetables, such as dirt, grime, or pathogens from other shoppers; I’d clean my produce extra good.