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Iowa Department of Public Health Investigates Illness Cases

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The Iowa Department of Public Health says it is investigating at least 10 incidents, in which people became ill after visiting a farmer's market in east-Central Iowa. The department released a statement Monday, outlining what has happened to this point, and offered tips on staying safe.

IDPH is currently investigating more than 10 illnesses that may be related to a freshly prepared fruit and vegetable product sold at a farmer's market in east-central Iowa. While farmer's markets are an excellent source of fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods, it's important to remember that any freshly prepared fruit and vegetable product  that is not properly refrigerated can be a potential health risk because they can allow bacteria to grow.

Because of warm temperatures, Iowans should be especially aware of food safety at farmers markets:

  • Be aware that any freshly prepared fruit or vegetable product, such as hummus, salsa, cut fruit salad, and guacamole can be a potential health risk if not handled correctly.
  • All these products must be kept refrigerated, both before and after the sale.

When shopping at a farmer's market, always remember:

  • Only buy products from vendors who keep freshly prepared fruit and vegetable products cold, either in refrigerator units or on ice.
  • Once purchased, keep freshly prepared fruit and vegetable products cold. If you plan to spend a lot of time at the market, bring a cooler or ice pack for storage.
  • When you arrive home, place these products immediately in the refrigerator and eat within days.
  • Any freshly prepared fruit or vegetable product that is not properly refrigerated should not be eaten, and should be discarded.

For more information on food safety, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/food_safety.asp.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

 

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