LA farmers asked to dispose of flooded crops

LA farmers asked to dispose of flooded crops

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Food and Drug Administration wants farmers to dispose of crops impacted by floodwater. The administration says the crops may have been exposed to sewage, chemicals, heavy metals or other contaminants.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry workers say impacted crops include but are not limited to:

*Surface crops such as leafy greens, tomatoes, string beans, berries, and corn
*Underground crops, such as peanuts, potatoes, carrots, and garlic
*Crops with a hard outer skin or shell, such as watermelon and winter squash
*Grains, nuts, corns, and similar products stored in bulk

"Food safety is a top priority for the LDAF. If any producer has questions or concerns, please contact our office for guidance," said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain.

The FDA suggests growers evaluate on a case by case basis the safety of dry crops that are near flooded areas.

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