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USDA Consumer Alert: Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency


USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing recommendations to help minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses in anticipation of a major winter snow storm that could dump multiple inches of snow from southern New England to coastal Maine and leave communities without power for extended periods.

"Major winter storms that bring heavy snow, ice and strong winds can impact food safety," said USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza. "Consumers who are in the path of the winter storm headed for the Northeastern U.S. should know there is information available so they can ensure the safety of the food and water they may consume, even in the event of power outages."

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