WASHINGTON, July 31, 2020 — 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 Hurricane Isaias.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that tropical storm conditions are expected, with hurricane conditions possible, along portions of the Florida east coast beginning Saturday, and spreading northward along the remainder of the U.S. east coast through early next week. This system may produce strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge beginning this weekend resulting in power outages and flooding. Power outages and flooding can compromise the safety of stored food. Residents impacted by power outages and floods 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 emergency events.