FOOD SAFETY: South Burnett Regional Council urges residents to be careful with any storm-damaged food following the severe storm on Thursday October 11.
FOOD SAFETY: South Burnett Regional Council urges residents to be careful with any storm-damaged food following the severe storm on Thursday October 11. Caitlan Charles

Things to remember in the storm aftermath

FOLLOWING an emergency like Thursday's storm event, South Burnett residents are advised to be aware of food safety.

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council's waste department said there is a danger of eating some foods following a storm event, which has caused power outages.

After an emergency, it is recommended residents dispose of any food which has come into contact with floodwater, or has any unusual odour, colour or texture.

Refrigerated food, or perishables like meat, poultry, fish or dairy products, which have been left unrefrigerated, or above 5°C, due to a loss of power for more than four hours should be thrown out.

Frozen food, which has been partially thawed, should be eaten as soon as possible.

Otherwise, the frozen food should be thrown out after 48 hours of loosing power if the freezer is full, and 24 hours if it is only half full.

Canned food should be disposed of if the can is open, swollen or damaged, or has missing or damaged labels and the food cannot be identified.

Food containers with screw caps, snap-lids, crimped caps, twist caps and flip top lids should be disposed of after a storm event has caused damage.

If you need specific assistance with special waste items, please contact the council's waste department on 4189 9100.

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