Melons can be dangerous to your health. Melons are not considered risky until they are sliced. If there are any bacteria on the rinds of the melons (such as E-coli germs) and once sliced, they contaminate the entire melon. There are ways to limit any potential contamination, such as washing, however it is not foolproof. This short 3 minute video has some good information as well as the results of a washing test on apples:
It is very important when you buy melons to wash the rinds. This will reduce any bacteria that may contaminate the fruit. You must also keep your knives and cutting boards clean.
A recent article from Food Safety News talked about a possible solution to help cure the cantaloupe of its dangerous reputation. Here is the link to the article:
We would love to hear from you. How to do you keep your produce safe? Do you think pasteurization is the cure?