Food Safety

Evaluate the safety of food upon returning to your home after a flood.

Throw away:

  • all perishable foods;
  • vacuum-packed foods; and
  • other foods, like home preserves, meats, fish and dairy products affected by flooding.

Note: When disposing of food, do so in a manner that will not encourage or attract pests.

Commercially-canned food properly identified by labels, containers which show no leaks, swelling or rusting at joints or edges should be thoroughly washed and dried.

Frozen foods left in a freezer will stay frozen for a few days without electricity if the door is kept shut. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present and the food has not been exposed to flood waters.

Cooking and eating utensils should be washed with warm soapy water, and then sanitized in boiling water or a diluted solution for at least two full minutes in a mixture containing 15 millilitres (one table spoon) of liquid bleach in 4.5 litres (one gallon) of water.

Note: Utensils used for infant feeding should be boiled before use.