Contamination often happens where the fruits and vegetables are grown. Run off water, nearby grazing animals and birds flying above all can contribute to the problem that happens more often than you might think.

A recent study shows that you’re more likely to get sick from produce than poultry, beef and even eggs. So what can you do to cut your risk, asks WHDH-TV’s Byron Barnett.

The FDA says:

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables, even if you only eat what’s on the inside.
  • Try using a soft brush on produce with hard surfaces and always wash your hands before handling any food.
  • Also, avoid cross contamination by not keep any raw meat near produce when you’re shopping.