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FLOODS AND FOOD SAFETY

  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
  • Discard any food without a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.
  • Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the can labels, thoroughly wash the cans, and then disinfect them with a solution consisting of one cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Relabel your cans, including expiration date, with a marker.
  • Food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with flood water because they cannot be disinfected.
  • For infants, use only pre-prepared canned baby formula that requires no added water, rather than powdered formulas prepared with treated water.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

  • Thawed food can usually be eaten or refrozen if it is still "refrigerator cold," or if it still contains ice crystals.
  • To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out."
  • Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about 4 hours without power if it is unopened.
Last Updated: Monday January 05 2015
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