(HealthDay News) -- Vegetables and fruits can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. So it's important to wash any produce before you eat it -- even fruits or veggies that you peel. Peeling can spread germs from the outer layer to the part you eat.
The Foodsafety.gov website offers this advice about cleaning produce before you eat it:
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