Food Safety after a flood
Food Safety instructions for consumers returning to their flooded homes.
After a flood has devestated your home or business, there are many things to be considered, one of which is food safety. Flood water should generally be considered as being contaminated as it is difficult to determine what it has contacted on its way to your property. Water from floods can be contaminated with sewage or animal waste, particularly if they occur in areas near waste water treatment facilities or livestock operations. Raw sewage and animal waste contains bacteria that can cause illness if contaminated foods are eaten. Flood waters that cover roads, vehicles, solid waste facilities, or pass by manufacturing or business sites can carry heavy metals and other industrial contaminants which can also be hazardous to human health.
see fact sheet; http://www.uvm.edu/extension/food/pdfs/food_safety_after_floods_may2011.pdf
source; Dr. Londa Nwadike, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides consumers with information about returning to a flooded home.