Eat Safely!

Last week, an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to cantaloupe occurred across several states in the southwest. Although a federal recall has not occurred, many grocery stores have voluntarily discarded the melons. As a nutrition professional, my concern is health and safety; eating healthfully is about safely eating nutritious foods!

In light of the global food supply and many factors that go into our busy lives, foodborne illness can happen even to the most vigilant of us: Bacteria are naturally all around us, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. First, clean hands, utensils, and surfaces often. This includes washing the outside of fruits and vegetables before cutting them or biting into them, because contaminants that may be on the outside can transfer to the edible portion of the produce. Second, to prevent cross-contamination when shopping, storing, and preparing, separate fresh fruits and vegetables from raw foods that must be cooked, such as meats. Third, to prevent microbial growth, cook foods thoroughly, use a food thermometer, and keep cooked foods hot. Finally, chill uneaten foods immediately and never thaw foods at room temperature.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important, so eat safely by always washing before consuming. For more information, visit and enjoy responsibly!

About Amy Kweller MS, RD

As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

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