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Floodwater pathogens can’t be washed off of fresh produce

The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t be washed away. From the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

USDA posts food safety tips for those in path of Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma. Hurricanes present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food. Residents in the path of this storm should pay close attention to the… Continue Reading

Flood food safety stressed with more rain coming from Harvey

With wind and rain from Hurricane Harvey expected to continue through the end of the week, public health officials renewed their messages about the dangers of floodwater and other food safety hazards Tuesday. Federal, state and local agencies are working to ensure that displaced residents have adequate, and safe, food supplies, but widespread power outages are complicating… Continue Reading

Hurricane Harvey brings food safety challenges to millions

USDA urges those in storm's path to be aware of dangers and take action to avoid food poisoning

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UPDATE 11:55 p.m. EDT — The National Hurricane Center has posted new forecast details and interactive maps. Click on the map at right for updated information. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to strengthen in… Continue Reading

USDA updates flood food safety advice for consumers

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Editor’s note: As the National Weather Service continued to predict rain for already flooded areas on Monday, the USDA updated its food safety advice to consumers who are able to return to their homes.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may… Continue Reading

Produce cannot safely be salvaged in flooded areas

More rain is in the forecast for many flood-ravaged areas this week, but in areas where floodwaters have receded public health officials are warning people to not eat fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens or commercial growing fields that were under water. “Gardens that were partially flooded may still be growing. Produce ripe for picking… Continue Reading