Good magazine recently asked food poisoning expert Bill Marler (a lawyer who has worked on food-related sickness lawsuits for 25 years) which foods he would absolutely not touch. Some of his answers aren't surprising—oysters, undercooked meat, and undercooked eggs are all on there.
The surprise? Marler says he also stays away from pre-washed fruits and vegetables too. "Convenience is great, but sometimes I think it isn't worth the risk," he says.
So why exactly is it better to wash your own produce? You'd think a pre-wash before it gets to you would be a plus, but Marler says that the more people handling food, the more risk there is of some bad bacteria sneaking its way in. And considering the recent recall of Dole pre-washed greens, his wariness isn't unfounded.
So what's a fruit- and veggie-loving girl to do? Just be sure to give your produce a good wash—especially if someone else supposedly did it for you.
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