SNOW HILL, Md.- Food service facilities in low lying areas of Worcester County, downtown Ocean City and bayside areas of the resort town may have experienced flooding, water damage, or loss of electrical power during Hurricane Sandy.
To ensure a safe food supply, the Worcester County Health Department is requiring the following actions from food service facilities:
If your food service facility experienced any flooding or water damage, contact the health department at (410) 352-3234 to schedule an inspection. This inspection must occur prior to re-opening for business.
Any food or food items that came into contact with flood water or rainwater must be discarded. Any food contact items (bowls, containers, etc.) that cannot be properly cleaned and sanitized must also be discarded. A list of discarded items must be provided at the time of inspection. The health department has already started conducting inspections.
Any food service facility that experienced a power outage as a result of Hurricane Sandy must ensure that all potentially hazardous foods (meats, fish, eggs, etc.) that exceeded 45 degrees are properly discarded. Discarded food should be placed in the facility dumpster and bleached.
A list of discarded food items must be faxed to the health department at (410) 352-3369 prior to opening for business.
The Worcester County Health Department Isle of Wight office will re-open Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. Call (410) 352-3234 at that time if you have questions or need additional information.