Salmonella is usually associated with bacteria in raw meat, poultry or dairy products. But your fruits and vegetables can also carry the bacteria. And if you’ve ever had food poisoning, you know its not fun. Especially for the seniors in our care. In fact it can even be life threatening if a person is weak or already suffering from other ailments.
Chances are you wash fruits and vegetables that you eat whole, like berries, tomatoes and lettuce. But what about fruits and vegetables with thick skins, like cantaloupe, watermelon or pineapple?
We often look at them as “safe” foods because of the skin. But if they do carry bacteria, it can be passed inside to the fruit as your knife touches the skin, and passes through to the middle. The easiest way to ensure your safety is to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before you cut into it.