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After the storm…

After unwelcome visitors Harvey and Irma, I’d thought I’d remind you of a few kitchen/food safety rules published by the FDA.

Discard any food  in containers that have been damaged by flood water if:

  • they are packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth
  • foods/beverages have screw cap lids, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops
  • foods were home canned

Discard these specific items if they have come in contact with flood water because they cannot be adequately sanitized:

  • wooden cutting boards
  • wooden dishes and utensils
  • plastic utensils
  • baby bottle nipples
  • pacifiers

Undamaged, commercially packaged foods in all metal cans can be saved if you remove the labels, thoroughly wash the cans, rinse them, then disinfect them with a sanitizing solution of 1 TBSP bleach per gallon of potable water.

Discard refrigerated food if you lost power longer than 4 hours. Discard frozen food is electricity was out 48 hours or if your freezer is only half full, 24 hours is the maximum time suggested.

As always, IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!

Wishing all those affected, an uneventful recovery. Be safe to be well,

Marcia

9/11 we will never forget

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