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.