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How should I prepare food to avoid contamination if I am on dialysis?

If you are on dialysis, it’s important to shop for and prepare food carefully to avoid contamination:
  • Dented or damaged cans: Do not eat foods from dented or damaged cans.
  • Freshness dates: Do not use food products after their freshness date has expired.
  • Raw eggs: Do not eat raw eggs or uncooked dough which contains raw eggs.
  • Wash produce thoroughly with water: Use a scrub brush to remove dirt from potatoes, carrots and turnips. Peel and discard outer leaves and rinds. Wash prepackaged salad mixes and vegetables, even if the label says they are pre-washed. No soap or detergent is needed.
  • Purchase fresh produce: Do not buy any produce which is bruised, shriveled, moldy or slimy. Buy only what you can use within a few days.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
  • Separate your cutting boards: Use one board for raw meat, poultry and fish and use another board for salads and other foods.
  • Buy fresh fish: Seafood should have a clean smell. The fish eyes should be clear, shiny and bulging (not sunken). 

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