How to prepare fresh produce such as avocados
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, when preparing any fresh produce, begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparation.
- All produce should be thoroughly washed before eating. This includes produce grown conventionally or organically at home, or produce that is purchased from a grocery store or farmer’s market. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking.
- Even if you plan to peel the produce before eating, it is still important to wash it first.
- Drying produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel may further reduce bacteria that may be present.
When preparing avocados, be careful to prevent cross-contamination by keeping your avocado preparation area clean and separate from other foods such as meat, poultry or seafood. Be mindful of other foods and surfaces they may come in contact with.