Fresh spinach, salad greens or other fresh produce?
Massachusetts and federal food safety experts recommend that all fresh produce be handled safely from purchasing through storage, preparation and serving or eating. Before you buy, always check fresh produce to be sure it is free from soil and bruising. Before eating or serving always wash your hands and rinse the produce thoroughly with cold water.
For more information: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Buying Tips for Fresh Produce
Fish and shellfish are packed with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients good for the eyes, brain and heart. Children under 12 years old; pregnant women, nursing mothers and women who may become pregnant should not eat fish from certain fresh water sources or certain fish and shellfish caught in some Massachusetts coastal waters. These fish may contain mercury which can cause damage to the nervous system.
For more information:
Guide to Eating Fish Safely in Massachusetts
What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish
Summer is Seafood Time in Massachusetts
Codworms in fish?
Seafood experts say that round worms (Nematodes) occur naturally in Codfish. Codfish get these cold-loving parasites from the natural ocean environment, often in areas where seals live. Most infected fillets are caught during the inspection process and the worms are removed at the manufacturer through a process called candling. Every so often one gets by. When properly cooked (145 °F), Codfish is safe to eat. The worm(s) should not survive this cooking process.