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‘Prepare for the unexpected’ this hurricane season- Deputy CEHO

Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms Henrietta Alexander, as part of her message for World Food Safety Day observed June 7, 2024, said ‘Depending on the intensity of the hurricane, power outages occur which increases the susceptibility of perishable food and that is why it is important that persons know how to prepare.’ Photo: Facebook/File
World Food Safety Day, according to Ms Henrietta Alexander, said the purpose of the day is to draw attention to and being prepared for food safety incidents no matter how mild or severe they can be. Photo: GIS
World Food Safety Day, according to Ms Henrietta Alexander, said the purpose of the day is to draw attention to and being prepared for food safety incidents no matter how mild or severe they can be. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “The hurricane season is upon us and we want to take this time to reiterate the importance of preparing for the unexpected. Depending on the intensity of the hurricane, power outages occur which increases the susceptibility of perishable food and that is why it is important that persons know how to prepare.”

This is according to Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms Henrietta Alexander as part of her message World Food Safety Day observed June 7, 2024, under the theme “Prepare for the Unexpected”.

Ms Alexander said the purpose of the day is to draw attention to and being prepared for food safety incidents no matter how mild or severe they can be.

Food Safety incidents, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) are situations where there is a potential or confirmed health risk associated with food consumption. A food incident can happen, for example, due to accidents, inadequate controls, food fraud or natural events.

Ms Alexander said the following tips can help to protect food during the unpredictable hurricane season:

Before a weather event:

· Shop ahead of time for non-perishable food.

· Look for date marking of goods (expiration, best by (BB) or best before (BBE) dates)

· Examine non-perishable food (canned food) for signs of bloating or denting.

· Purchase an appliance thermometer for refrigerator and freezer. Place the thermometer at the front of the cold storage unit and monitor the temperature. In the refrigerator, the temperature should maintain at 41°F (5°C) or lower. In the freezer, the temperature should be at 0°F (-18°C) or lower.

· Buy ice packs and coolers.

· Make own ice.

· Buy dry or block ice.

· If power will be out for more than 4 hours, do the following:

- relocate perishable food to a cooler of ice

- place perishable food in the freezer.

During a weather event:

· A refrigerator that is kept closed will hold safe temperatures for up to 4 hours.

· A full freezer kept closed will hold at safe temperatures for 48 hours. If the freezer storage is half filled, it will hold for 24 hours.

Ms Alexander said the following tips can help to protect food during the unpredictable hurricane season.

After a weather event:

· Pay attention to the temperature of the cold storage unit with the use of the thermometer.

· If food is in the temperature danger zone and you are in doubt about its safety, throw it out!

· Once the cold storage unit is 41°F [5°C] or lower, the food is deemed safe.

· If cold storage unit is 41°F [5°C] or higher for more than 4 hours, discard foods such as milk-based items, raw meat, seafood or poultry and products like, egg and egg products, opened baby formula, cut fruits, cooked foods such as rice and produce

· Foods to keep: peanut butter, fresh and uncut produce.

· Discard any food that has come into contact with flood water

10 Responses to “‘Prepare for the unexpected’ this hurricane season- Deputy CEHO”

  • Really (09/06/2024, 14:07) Like (10) Dislike (17) Reply
    You people are so wicked get prepared for the haarp machine is what the headline should say. People the government can kill you at any giving moment. All the bad hurricanes mostly come at night so you can't do anything or have anyplace to run
    • REALLY, Really… (09/06/2024, 15:17) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      please keep the nonsense to yourself
    • Do your thing.. (09/06/2024, 16:52) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stop depending on useless, heartless, wicked "WHO". Ask your grand or great grand parents for accurate and healthy advice. We get your message. Thank you. Stay on it..
    • Linda (09/06/2024, 17:07) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Really. Please give me a break! It's the same year in and year out. We prepare, be fully stocked, batten down the hatches. and pray for the best. Nothing new. My cabinets are already stocked, and don't forget to buy plenty of water. We should all be fine.
  • Stupes (09/06/2024, 17:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Someone would had to be dumb to not know this
    • @stupes (09/06/2024, 19:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not knowing isn't the problem. The problem is that many of us become complacent and wait until the last minute and then react in panic.
  • is she one ah we? (09/06/2024, 23:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I already got my corn pork, corn fish and saltfish
  • JVD (10/06/2024, 00:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope Government prepare
  • i wish (10/06/2024, 08:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish my government would listen to the title of this news. Them in lala land
  • seems (10/06/2024, 13:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    the only event this government will expect in 2024 is the next music festival.


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