Category: National News

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by a major winter storm on the East Coast.

The National Weather Service expects freezing rain, snow and ice accumulations across much of the East Coast. In addition to precipitation, the National Weather Service warns that the system is capable of producing strong, gusty winds across much of the Eastern U.S., leading to dangerously cold wind chills and blizzard conditions in some places.

High winds produced by severe winter storms present the possibility of power outages that can compromise the safety of stored food. Pipes that have burst due to freezing present the possibility of home flooding. Residents in the path of this storm should pay close attention to the forecast. FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during this and other severe weather events.

Steps to follow in advance of losing power:

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

Food safety during snow and ice storms:

During a snowstorm, do not place perishable food out in the snow. Outside temperatures can vary and food can be exposed to unsanitary conditions and animals. Instead, make ice by filling buckets or cans with water and leave them outside to freeze. Use this ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator or coolers.

Food safety after a flood:

Steps to follow after a weather emergency: