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When Food Safety Must be Observewd When Flood Damage Occurs

Aug 22, 2008
When a place is damaged by violent flood water set off by a natural disaster the outcome is often overwhelming. The owner of the house is distraught and completely overwhelmed. There is a lot of flood damage to the home and all the personal items in the interior and exterior of it that it is tough to determine where to begin to clean up and fix all the devastation. One of the things that will have to be handled is what to do with the food in the home and in the vegetable garden.

Flood water usually is filthy and contaminated with sewage flood damage waste, pesticides, and dangerous chemicals of all types. This is not something you should have all over the food you swallow or in the water you sip. It is really critical that you grasp how to deal with the cleanup of your food and water supply to preclude major risks to your family's health.

If you have food in a garden that was overcome with septic flood water do not attempt to pick it. There is no safe process to make it clean enough to be eaten. The temperatures that you have to use to make the food won't be hot enough to kill any bacteria and added germs that have stuck to the vegetables making them harmful to eat. Any garden products will need to be thrown out.

Food products like animal proteins, eggs, and milk items have to be thrown in the garbage. They will be contaminated by the flood waters and probably will be spoiled too. Do not keep any unpackaged food items in your home and any food that is stored in paper or cardboard packing as it will have been soaked with flood water and for that reason contaminated. Raw vegetables of any kind must not be consumed.

Canned items are about the only food items in your house that can be saved. Inspect the cans to observe if any of them are bloated, have broken seals, or if there are signs of seepage. Throw away any cans that are disputable. The cans that remain in decent condition could be saved. Remove the stickers from the cans as they are probably inundated with nasty flood water. Use an indelible pen to mark what is in every one of the cans. The cans will need to be cleaned previous to them being opened. Clean the cans in hot water with dish soap then sanitize them in a bleach product. They have to be dehydrated to stop the cans from corroding. Any sealed bottles must be looked over for leakage and then cleaned just as the canned goods. Throw away any bottles that were opened and discard any bottles that are closed with a cork as the cork will take in the septic water.
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Jacklyn Hartfield is a writer of Water Damage stories for Farmingdale, NY Flood Damage Service and Hewlett, NY Flood Damage Service
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