Food Safety in Emergencies

Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

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Food safety in any emergency
Fires
Flooding
Power outages
For businesses
Food supply safety and security

Food safety in any emergency

  • What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods
    Information for consumers from the US FDA on food and water safety during emergencies. Tips for being prepared, what to do when the power goes out, what to do once power is restored, and food and water safety when flooding occurs. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Keep Your Food Safe During Emergencies: Power Outages, Floods & Fires
    Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. USDA. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Drinking Water Safety in Emergencies
    Following natural disasters and other types of emergencies, drinking water in affected areas may become contaminated and cause outbreaks of disease. Problems with sanitation, including lack of water, toilet facilities, or damaged water wells can also increase the likelihood of waterborne disease.

Fires

  • Consumer Tips For Food Safety After Fires
    Fires are serious threats to life and property due to the smoke, extreme heat, and chemicals they produce. In addition, a fire may directly or indirectly affect foods in ways that could endanger your health.

Flooding

  • Food Safety During a Disaster
    Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Power outages

For businesses

Food supply safety and security

  • Food Supply Safety and Security in Minnesota
    MDH works with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) to insure the safety of our food even during emergencies.

 

 

Updated Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 02:14PM