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No Oil and Gas Pollution From Colorado Floods; E. Coli Levels High

Colorado’s official post-disaster river and stream survey of the 4,500 square miles that were in the path of last month’s floods found “no evidence” of oil and gas pollution, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has found. Some areas, especially in the South Platte River basin, do have high levels of E…. Continue Reading

Northern Colorado Floods Close Greeley Beef-Processing Plant

One of this country’s largest beef-processing plants, located in Greeley, CO, cancelled its first and second shifts today because of the flood disaster in Northern Colorado. Barb Walker, human resource supervisor for JBS USA, asked employees to stay safe by not coming into the plant that employs close to 5,000 workers. The confluence of the… Continue Reading

Food Crop Safety After Irene’s Floodwaters

Last Friday and Saturday, the crew at Roxbury Farm in New York’s Hudson Valley prepared for the hurricane by stowing machinery and hay bales above the floodplain. Jean-Paul Courtens and his workers harvested ripe delicata squash, secured tomato plants against the wind, and pulled irrigation equipment from the Kinderhook Creek. However, there was no way… Continue Reading

In Wake of Irene, Rivers Tested for E. coli, Pesticides

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, federal officials are actively sampling water from six East Coast rivers to check for E. coli, pesticides and other hazards that may have washed into waterways. The U.S. Geological Survey announced Monday it has dispatched field crews to respond to the hurricane-turned-tropical storm, which, while less severe than predicted,… Continue Reading

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Emergencies

With tsunami warnings and advisories issued for Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, and heavy rains causing floods on the East Coast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing recommendations to residents in those areas to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages and other problems… Continue Reading

Is Flooding Cause for Food Safety Concerns?

After torrential downpour soaked their fields, some soybean farmers are being advised that they may have to destroy their crops as a food safety precaution. At issue is a 2009 notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the effect of natural disasters on food safety.  Because flooding can cause crops to be contaminated by… Continue Reading