September 19, 2008
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is advising people not to use any food, drugs, medical devices or cosmetics that have been discarded by stores or pharmacies because of they may have been contaminated or damaged during Hurricane Ike.
DSHS has received reports of some stores throwing away food, drugs, medical devices or cosmetics damaged during the storm. These products may have been exposed to extreme heat, flood water, humidity, or physical damage and could cause illness or injury if eaten or used.
According to DSHS officials, all food, drug, cosmetic and medical device products that have been exposed to abnormal conditions should be destroyed, returned to their licensed source or transferred to a licensed salvage dealer. These distressed items should not be accessible to the public and may not be moved out of Texas without DSHS approval.
Businesses that need assistance with salvaging food products should contact DSHS at (512) 834-6670. Businesses needing help with drug, medical device or cosmetic salvaging should call DSHS at (512) 834-6755.
(News Media: For more information, contact Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-532-4969 or 512-458-7400.)