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Advice for businesses on flooding

You can create a flood plan; it does not need to be detailed or complex. Many of the actions you can take are simple but effective.


Food businesses

  • The Foods Standards Agency has issued guidance on how to prepare your food safely in the event of a flood.
  • There could be a serious risk to public health from infection and food contamination
  • Do not prepare any food or re-open until the premises have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Floodwater may be heavily contaminated with sewage, harmful bacteria and other pollutants such as oil and petrol
  • All food contact surfaces, equipment, utensils, work tables etc. must be thoroughly sanitised before re-using. Any heavily contaminated items should be thrown away
  • All food that may have been contaminated must be destroyed. It must be double-bagged and placed in a sealed container so it doesn't attract pests
  • Contact your commercial waste contractor to arrange collection of this food in the normal way
  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves, wellingtons, overalls etc. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling anything that may be contaminated and using hot soapy water or liquid anti-bacterial soap
  • Do not use any electrical items or circuits as these may be unsafe. The circuits and equipment must be checked by a competent person (i.e. a qualified electrician) before use
  • If you become ill or suffer any gastric symptoms following the clean up visit your GP as soon as possible. Nobody should handle or prepare food if they are suffering from gastric illness (symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting).
Page updated: 21/06/2022 Page updated by: Flooding Team

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