SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The FDA reminds consumers to take precautions for storing water and ensuring the safety of their food and medical supplies for themselves and their pets during and after this week's expected hurricane-related rain, possible flooding and power outages.
The agency also reminds consumers that it is important to have a plan in place for emergency medication and medical supplies for both people and animals. This is especially true for those with health concerns, particularly if the power goes out.
In general, FDA encourages consumers to:
- Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Do not eat food packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth and similar containers that have been water-damaged.
- Discard food and beverage containers with screw-caps, snap lids, crimped caps (soda bottles), twist caps, flip tops and home canned foods, if they have come in contact with flood water. These containers cannot be disinfected.
- Check to ensure that the freezer temperature is at or below 0 °F and the refrigerator is at or below 40 °F.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
- For more information, see Hurricanes and Floods and Key Tips for Consumers About Food and Water Safety
- Area health departments will determine whether local tap water
can be used for drinking. If the water cannot be used or is