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USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Severe Thunderstorms

The National Weather Service announced a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of New England into the Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley. There are possible storms farther west later this afternoon and through the evening in the Plains and Missouri Valley. The threats of severe thunderstorms include damaging winds, hail, and possible isolated tornadoes. This type of weather forecast presents the possibility of power outages that could compromise the safety of stored food.

FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.