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USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricane Maria

The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Maria to affect Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as an extremely dangerous major hurricane tonight and Wednesday.

Tips on Water Safety During and After a Storm

waterEditor's note: Food process engineer Dr. Timothy Bowser, a faculty member in Oklahoma State University's Department of Biosystems and Agricultural  Engineering and an Advisory Board member of Shelf Life Advice, provided the following remarks for this site.

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Water is one of the biggest food issues after any large storm.  Municipal water sources can be polluted and may endanger those that drink contaminated water or wash food or hands with it prior to treating the water.  After a major storm or disaster, assume that the water from your public water system is unsafe to drink or use for cooking until you've heard an official announcement that the water is safe.   

After The Storm: What You Can Save and What You Must Throw Out

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After a power outage, the big food-related question is this: "What perishable foods must be discarded because of possible contamination, and what's safe to keep?"  Here are some guidelines:

 

What's better for breakfast, ice cream or chocolate cake?

Would any devoted, health-conscious grandparent allow his/her grandchild to eat ice cream for breakfast?  Maybe not--with one exception, my cousin,  life-long journalist Ron Cohen.  In fact, the title of his recently published memoir is, evidently, a response to a hopeful grandchild: "Of Course, You Can Have Ice Cream for Breakfast."  

 

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