Produce grown in flooded gardens poses food safety risks

Date posted: August 30, 2011

Flooded gardenWith flooding, especially following a hurricane or other large storm, pathogens including E. coli, salmonella, hepatitis A and norovirus can spread to garden produce.

Produce grown in gardens that were submerged by floodwaters during or after Hurricane Irene can pose a health risk. A new food safety info sheet (PDF) from North Carolina Extension explains the risks and what you can do to avoid getting sick.

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