It’s easy to blame that Chinese takeout when you’re doubled over on the bathroom floor with food poisoning, but it’s just as likely that the bacteria came from your home-cooked casserole.
Settle down — we’re not criticizing your cooking prowess. The mistake might have occurred before your cooking even commenced. Many of the U.S. outbreaks of foodborne illness in recent years have originated from contaminated produce — i.e., produce that you might not have washed properly.
The Food and Drug Administration in May released its seven tips for cleaning fruits and vegetables so that if you ever get food poisoning again, you confidently can point the finger at those egg rolls instead of your culinary masterpiece that would have brought Julia Child to tears (of joy, of course).
And now you’re free to return to the chopping block to create your latest and greatest — and cleanest — dish ever!