Grocery stores that destroyed food after Hurricane Irene did the right thing

August 30, 2011|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Some Baltimore grocery stores that lost power in the hurricane also lost product. The Baltimore City Heath Department is concluding its post-hurricane inspections of Baltimore grocery stores, according to Brian M.  Schleter, the Public information officer for the department. The department had, as of Tuesday afternoon, completed inspections of 109 food facilities, 33 of which had lost power.

Some stores were directed to destroy any perishable goods that may have been affected; others, like Eddie's or Roland Park, made the decision on their own after sustained outages.

Still, the sight, on the sidewalk of Eddie's of Roland Park, of a large metal container overflowing with grocery products, upset some of grocery store's neighbors, who wondered why the store hadn't reached out to local food shelters.

The store did the right thing. Bystanders who criticized it and other stores were wrong.

Store owner Nancy Cohen told me that health department said the store's plan to destroy all its perishables was "absolutely right," and Schleter, the health department spokesman confirmed that. Stores who had been without power for extended periods were directed to destroy -- and not redistribute -- their goods.

Cohen said that Eddie's donates to local pantries on a daily basis.



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