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Avocados

Key Facts Avocado trees are native to the humid, sub-tropical and tropical regions of central and northern South America. They never go dormant.  Nearly 90% of avocado production in the United States takes place in California. Avocados are harvested by hand and start to ripen once they are picked from Read more

Broccoli

Key Facts Broccoli is a member of the mustard family of plants and is closely related to Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi. Several broccoli-related product recalls have been reported, all associated with contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. There are two forms of broccoli: sprouting broccoli, and heading broccoli. Heading broccoli is the form most Read more

Cantaloupes

Cut cantaloupe on a plate

Cantaloupes are a healthy, low-calorie source of vitamin A (β-Carotene), vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, iron, some dietary fiber, and calcium. However, the complex surface of cantaloupe makes it well suited for harboring pathogens. In recent years, cantaloupe has been the third most common produce item associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. Read more

Carrots

Carrots are a popular vegetable grown in all 50 states. They are naturally sweet, high in Vitamin A (β-carotene), and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Proper washing, storage, and preservation methods are especially important with carrots since they are root vegetables (grown in soil). Several foodborne illness outbreaks have been associated with carrots and their juice. Read more

Cilantro

Key Facts Cilantro or Coriandrum sativum is a member of the Apiaceae family and amongst the most widely used of medicinal plants. It is an annual herb that closely resembles parsley. It is also called Mexican parsley, and in tropical Asia, it is called Chinese parsley. In Europe, the entire plant Read more

Cucumbers

Key Facts The top three countries that imported cucumbers to the United States in 2013 were Mexico (1,144,458,000 Ibs) Canada (215,028,000 lbs) and Honduras (65,244,000 lbs). In 2012, top cucumber producing states, as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture, were Georgia and Florida with 283.5 and 280.8 million pounds, respectively. Read more

Jalapeño Peppers

Key Facts The majority of the U.S. commercial jalapeño supply is grown in New Mexico, Texas, and California but many small farms throughout the southwest grow peppers for sale to local markets. Jalapeños are also imported to the U.S. and imported peppers were the source of a large Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak in 2008.   Read more

Mushrooms

Mushrooms provide selenium and vitamins B and D. Of 300 edible species, 30 have been domesticated, and 10 are grown commercially. Wild harvest is the largest source of commercially important species, despite advances in domestication. Food safety issues with edible mushrooms are mostly due to improper food preservation and handling. Read more

Oranges

Fresh sweet oranges are a low calorie (60 calories per 1 medium peeled orange), nutritious source of vitamin C (120% Daily Value (DV), fiber (12% DV), vitamin A (6% DV), and calcium (6% DV).
Orange juice has been implicated in 10 reported outbreaks, during which 810 persons became ill, in the United States from 1998 through 2012. Read more

Pomegranates

Key Facts Due to high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, folic acid and iron, pomegranates are frequently categorized as ‘superfoods’. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed as of September 20, 2013 that approximately 162 people, primarily in the western U.S., became ill after consuming contaminated pomegranate arils. The interior Read more