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Baltimore Warns Food Service Illegal Without Running Water

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BALTIMORE (AP) - After freezing temperatures have led to widespread water problems, the Baltimore City Health Department is warning food service facilities that they must have hot and cold water operating in order to serve food.

The agency said Friday that health inspectors have closed four businesses in the last 10 days that were serving food despite not having water service due to burst pipes or frozen pipes.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Lena Wen says having both hot and cold running water is essential to prevent food-borne illness. She says people need to be able to wash their hands and clean dishes and surfaces.

The health department says the public should alert city officials if they know of facilities serving food without having running water.

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