Food safety after a flood

  •  Do not eat food that may have come into contact with flood water;
  •  Discard any food not in a waterproof container if it may have contacted flood water;
  •  Discard food in cans that are swollen, leak or have punctures, holes, fractures, deep rusting or dents;
  •  Discard perishable foods that have been above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more;
  •  Discard any food with an unusual odor, color or texture or that feels warm to the touch;
  •  Partially thawed frozen food may be safely refrozen if it still has ice crystals or is 40 degrees or below;
  •  Never taste food to decide if it's safe; and
  •  When in doubt, throw it out.

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