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Oklahoma Issues Food Safety Advice After Tornadoes

In the wake of the tornadoes that devastated many Oklahoma communities this week, state health officials are reminding residents and rescue workers that food is more likely to be contaminated after a natural disaster, and should be handled safely. The Oklahoma State Health Department praised the recent outpouring of support for victims in the storms’… Continue Reading

USDA Offers Post Wildfire Food Safety Tips

Following a series of recent wildfires across the western United States, the government is reminding people that fire can compromise the safety of foods in the home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Monday issued a warning to the estimated 2 million Americans whose homes will be affected by fires… Continue Reading

Fraud Followed Hurricane Irene Food Safety Program

Fraud was the price of food safety in Connecticut after Hurricane Irene. Over the past weekend, an angry Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state was investigating “multiple incidents of possible fraud” by state residents, including some state employees, who took money intended for low-income people to replace food spoiled in the aftermath of… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: ‘Emergency Alerts’

I wish I could say that I was surprised that the so-called first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) was a bust.    During my past life doing public affairs work, one of my successes was helping a great family-owned station in the Pacific Northwest increase its signal to the 50,000-watt maximum for… 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