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FSA's statement on the Hertfordshire fire - 13/12/2005
 
Based on the current information, there appear to be no immediate concerns from the Hertfordshire fire with regard to food.
However, the Food Standards Agency will study results from the Health Protection Agency's environmental monitoring programme and issue updates or advice if necessary.

Any crops likely to have been affected by smoke from the fire should be washed and/or peeled before use, in line with normal FSA advice. Any deposits on food crops, especially vegetables and soft fruits, would be black and soot-like and so clearly visible. People may choose not to eat fruit and vegetables spoilt like this, but there should be no problems if they are properly cleaned and peeled.

At this stage, there is no reason to believe that milk production will be affected, particularly as dairy herds are mainly kept indoors at this time of year and would not be grazing outside.

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