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Precautions for Food Safety during and after the Storm

By Kent Donahue

September 02, 2019

Here are Food Safety precautions for the public to stay safe during and after the storm.  When in doubt – throw it out

WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY WITH SOAP AND RUNNING WATER:

  • After using the bathroom
  • Before handling food
  • When switching between raw and cooked foods
  • After eating, drinking, or smoking
  • After changing a diaper
  • Whenever hands become contaminated
  • Between changing gloves
  • Make sure to keep soap and paper towels at all handwashing sinks 

WEAR GLOVES PROPERLY:

  • Wash hands and put on new gloves before handling food
  • Never re-use or wash gloves
  • Change gloves once they become soiled or discolored
  • Change gloves when switching between raw and cooked foods
  • Change gloves whenever hands become contaminated
  • Always wash hands before changing into a new pair of gloves
  • Remove gloves before eating, drinking, smoking, or taking out the garbage 

THAW FOODS IN THE REFRIGERATOR BEFORE COOKING, SERVING

  • Keep cold foods at 41 degrees F or below 

COOK FOODS THOROUGHLY (for a minimum of 15 seconds as indicated below)

  • Chicken and other poultry and stuffed meats— 165 degrees F
  • Ground beef and other ground meats ---------- 155 degrees F
  • Pork, beef, eggs, and other meats ----------------145 degrees F
  • Once cooked, keep hot foods at 140 degrees F or above
  • Cool hot foods rapidly to 41 degrees F, or below, within 4 hours of serving 

HANDLING FOODS

  • Do not touch ready-to-eat foods with bare hands
  • Use utensils to handle food, whenever possible 

SHOULD I KEEP IT?

  • If possible, do not keep leftovers. When in doubt – throw it out

For further information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.FloridaDisaster.org. The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1- 800-342-3557