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Flooding can occur after heavy rains or when rivers and streams rise quickly. Large areas can flood in a short time, interrupting power, damaging records and equipment, as well as causing structural damage. Floodwaters can also carry dangerous germs and bacteria that can contaminate surfaces and foods.
This tip sheet will help restaurants prepare for potential flooding situations and assess reopening, while providing guidelines for recovery operations.
Food safety is a major concern after a flood. Not only are food items exposed to moisture, but they’re also exposed to other materials such as ceiling paint that can flake off into products after a storm. In addition, power outages during a flood can cause fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and other items to spoil, making them unsafe for human consumption.
The local health authority will always have the best, most immediate information available in any affected locale. Instructions from the local health authority should always supersede any information provided in this document. Visit the link below for more information:
FoodSafety.gov Emergency Preparedness website
Steritech can assist you with crisis management planning or flood recovery, as well as any questions you may have about food safety following a storm. Steritech’s Customer Care Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-868-0089 to assist you with any of your needs.