FDA Advisory No. 2013-059
PRACTICAL TIPS TO REMEMBER TO PREVENT FOOD BORNE DISEASE AND OUTBREAKS IN COMMUNITIES IN TIMES OF CALAMITIES AND DISASTERS
The risk of food borne disease and outbreaks in communities hit by calamities and disaster is real. Food borne disease outbreaks have the greatest potential to claim as many lives as the disaster itself. Food and drinking water are common sources of pathogens and are good vehicle for spreading infectious diseases.
In times of disasters, affected communities should strive hard to practice high standard of hygiene and high level of sanitation in the midst of confusion, commotion and chaos. Physical, chemical and biological food hazards, like pathogens from human and animal fecal wastes and industrial wastes, toxicantsand chemicals, must be prevented from contaminating the communities' food supplies and sources.
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