I had a guy cut down the bananas from my tree yesterday. I left them on my deck overnight, but this morning, I noticed some had been handled by what I think was a possum. Could the possum have contaminated them?

Answer

There will, of course, be people who will say there is no problem eating them. The fact that you are asking shows you are concerned. I would err on the side of caution and not eat them. If a wild animal such as an opossum has been near it, there is a chance of bacteria.

According to the Humane Society of America, saliva of an infected animal could transmit rabies if it were to come into contact with the mucous membranes of a human. The risk of rabies in possums is low, however.

Updated on May 11, 2018

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When to Harvest Bananas
By Mary Wickison
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