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Properly preparing fresh, uncooked produce is a must, and with this in mind, the elderly woman pictured here was teaching her grandson how to do just that, while peeling a number of potatoes.

She was imparting her knowledge of how to safely use a knife to accomplish the peeling. During such activities, when using sharp instruments, injury prevention need be foremost in one’s mind.

Prior to peeling the tubers, cleansing is also very important, which will remove environmental pollutants, such as pesticides from the foods’ surfaces. Maintaining a sanitary kitchen is also an important aspect to food preparation, therefore, the countertop and sink needs to first be cleaned as well, using soap and fresh running tap water, in order to remove any pesticides or unwanted chemicals from their surfaces too.
Additional Information:
It is quite important to check public health-related websites including the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ATSDR, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, as well as those agencies in your immediate area for advisories indicating whether or not eating specific kinds of fruits and vegetables is safe. These sites, linked below, will also inform you as to the proper methods used in preparing various foods.

Keywords: Knife safety; Injury prevention; Food preparation; Clean water; Fresh water; Soap; Peeling vegetables; Produce advisory; Contaminants; Healthy foods; Healthy diet; Grandmother; Son; Boy; Environmental Health; NCEH

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dawn Arlotta
Creation Date:2009
Photo Credit:Cade Martin
Links:Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Homepage
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Public Health Advisories
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