FDA: Wash avocados before eating them

December 24, 2018

The latest advice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends washing avocados before you eat them.

While the recommendation may seem odd, considering we don’t eat the peel of an avocado, the FDA says it’s the only sure way to prevent bacteria and dirt from transferring from the peel to your knife, contaminating the insides we do eat.

In a report released this month, the DFA says about 1 in every 5 avocados tested positive for a bacteria that can cause listeria. The study looked at domestic and imported avocado skins from 2014 to 2016.

To reduce the risk even more, the FDA recommends scrubbing the avocado peel with a produce brush then drying it with a paper towel before slicing.

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