March 2002 Issue

Report Card on Bacteria in Domestic Produce

The next time you wash green onions (scallions), cantaloupe and cilantro, take extra care. They were tops in bacteria in a first-time government survey of bacteria levels on eight popular domestically grown fruits and vegetables typically eaten raw. The survey also analyzed celery, leaf lettuce, parsley, strawberries and tomatoes. But all in all, the news is good. Reassuring Numbers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report analyzed 1,028 total samples, finding

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