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Fruit scare unnecessary, health officials say

fruit scare unnecessary Recent questions about the safety of cut or sliced fresh melons may have alarmed the public unnecessarily, according to the Seattle-King County Health Department.
   "There is a lot more risk in not eating a healthy diet, which includes at least five fresh fruits and vegetables a day," said Director Dr. Alonzo Plough. "When the existing food handling practices and regulations already in place are followed, the public does not face a risk by eating pre-cut fruit."
   National guidelines recommend that we eat at least five fruits and vegetables each day, he said.
   Fresh fruit, like many other foods, can pose a risk if not prepared or stored properly. Following some simple guidelines from the health department will help keep your fruit fresh as well as safe: