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How to cook and eat safely during a typhoon

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 5:38 PM +10:00 Updated:

Slowly but surely, our power is coming back on, and our fridges are getting cold…but that doesn't mean our food is safe to eat.   

Spam, corned beef hash, and ichiban, are just a few of island typhoon favorites. Now as the power comes back on and our refrigerators refreeze, Chef Kotwal Singh has some tips for eating safe. He told KUAM News, "If there's typhoon, no power, limited source of water and maybe gas, so the tips is choose, choose what you can cook and what you can consume."

His advice: stay away from leftovers. "Don't keep because if you keep, germs, bacteria, maybe grew on the food, so everything you cook, cook fresh cook a little bit."

In fact, Public Health also has some safety tips like throwing out the following foods:

- non-perishables like milk or eggs in your fridge when the power was out for four hours or more

- food with unusual odor, in cardboard containers

- wooden cutting boards or baby bottle pacifiers that came in contact with flood water.

Overall, remember "when in doubt, throw it out". Chef says you might want to take your family to a restaurant, where staff work hard to make sure food is fresh. "Places are open go and get some food maybe a little bit expensive it's okay to pay but don't get a lot that you throw," he said. "Wwe always open of course we have generator we have power, we have water."

In general, Chef Singh says many prepared, eating non-perishables in their fridge, like ice cream before it goes bad.  "So far, I don't feel, Chataan, Ponsongoa, Paka, I've been here, those where the hard ones, difficult we were not prepared, so this time we were prepared," he said confidently. "And employees were prepared, so it's good."

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