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What food should I throw away after a flood?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends the following for throwing away food after a flood:
  • Throw out any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
  • Throw away any food that is not in a waterproof container if it may have come into contact with flood water.
  • Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Look for dents, rust, holes, leaks or swelling.
  • Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved.

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