Don’t take a risk with food safety during and after floods

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Following extensive flooding in eastern Australia the Food Safety Information Council is warning people not to take food safety risks during and after flood.

Lydia Buchtmann, the Council’s Communication Director, said that floodwater can be contaminated with sewage, agricultural and industrial waste, and other substances that can cause illness so there is a danger that any food, surfaces and cooking utensils that have come into contact with floodwater might be contaminated.

“Spills and sewage discharges can also contaminate water supplies and food gardens. If in doubt throw out any food that might not be safe to eat and follow these simple steps:

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