FDA Responds to Severe Weather Incidents
On June, 6 2022, FDA released an online resource page for human and animal food producers who may be affected by flooding and severe weather incidents. It identifies federal and state resources available to those who may be harvesting, mixing, storing, or distributing grains and other foods.
For example, FDA highlights that crops harvested from flood waters may be contaminated and unacceptable for consumption, as flood waters may contain sewage, pathogenic organisms, and chemical waste. In addition, a concern for flood-impacted crops includes mold growth and the potential for the development of mycotoxins that have the potential to remain in the food throughout the production process and can cause serious illness or death when consumed by animals or humans.
FDA notes that some crops that are unsuitable for human use may be salvaged for animal food. FDA considers reconditioning requests on a case-by-case basis. FDA’s compliance policy guide for reconditioning requests can be found here.