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State ag officials: Don't eat flood area fruits, veggies

Posted at 10:23 AM on June 22, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

Fruits and vegetables planted in food-damaged areas could be contaminated and should not be eaten, the Minnesota Agriculture Department is warning.

"The risk of contamination is generally considered highest for food crops that were submerged in water overflowing from rivers or streams," department officials say. More:

Fruit and vegetable growers and gardeners that produce impacted by flood waters may be considered adulterated and should not be used for food. If the part of the plant used for food came into contact with contaminated flood water it should not it should not be harvested for human consumption.

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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.