September 24, 2016

USDA’s Food Safety Tips For Severe Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has compiled some food safety tips for residents in the South and Midwest affected by severe weather. Here's what you need to know about food safety when sever weather is in the forecast. Before the storm strikes, make sure you have working appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer. Safe temperatures for the fridge are 40°F or lower, in the freezer 0°F or lower. Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or other small containers prior to a storm. Tuck them in between frozen foods to help keep them cold. Freeze any food you don't plan to eat in the immediate future such as leftovers, milk, fresh  or poultry. This will help to keep them at a safe temperature for a longer period of time. Group food together in the freezer … [Read more...]

Tyler Mountain Bottled Water Recalled for E. coli

Tyler Mountain bottled water is being recalled for E.coli contamination, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Customers who purchased 3 gallon, 4 gallon or 5 gallon jugs  bottled on April 17, 2014, and April 18, 2014 should not use them. Customers who recently received a delivery are the only ones affected by the recall and can contact Aqua Filter Fresh, which produces the water, at 1-800-864-8957 for further instructions. Aqua Filter Fresh is in the process of replacing all recalled jugs of water. Water that contains E. coli bacteria has been contaminated with human or animal waste. If ingested, E.coli can cause serious illness. Symptoms of an E.coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody, abdominal cramps, nausea, headaches and other … [Read more...]

Poland Spring Bottled Water Warning in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recommending that anyone who has purchased Poland Spring 3- or 5- gallon water bottles check them for gasoline odors before using. Clean water should not have any type of chemical smell; it is odorless. After Hurricane Sandy, when gasoline shortages were reported in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, some people used large water bottles to hold gasoline. Bottled water companies have since detected returned and recycled water bottles with gasoline residue and fumes. The companies have measures in place to remove those bottles from reuse, but a "very small number" of contaminated bottles did make it through the detection process. Those levels of gasoline are "not likely to result in long-term health effects" … [Read more...]

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