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What’s your food safety plan for hurricane season?

This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week for most of the Southeast. One problem that can occur is loss of power, both from hurricanes and from other severe weather. If it lasts for more than a few hours, the temperature in your refrigerator can get too high and the food inside start to spoil. Do you know how long it is safe? Here is a useful article from Morning Ag Clips on how to make sure you don’t make yourself sick after a natural disaster. If you are on a farm, you also need to consider whether the food products are in contact with flood water, which can contain toxic chemicals and bacteria.

Torrential rains in south Florida’s Redlands growing region severely damaged winter yellow squash, zucchini and green beans, as well as this field of corn grown by Alger Farms. Source: Alger Farms via The Packer.