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Fruits, Vegetables & Nuts

Information on foodborne illness and contaminants related to produce and nuts.

Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are an important part of a healthy diet. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with and contaminate fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Fresh produce and nuts may also become contaminated after they have been harvested, such as during preparation or storage. This page contains information to help you stay safe from foodborne illness when consuming these foods.