Environmental Health advice following fire in Somerton - Wednesday 21 June

If you are concerned about food, animals or crops following the fire at Whiscombe Lane, Somerton on Wednesday 21st June, follow this advice from our Environmental Health team: 
  • Don't eat any garden fruit or vegetables that has been covered by or come into contact with soot and ash;
  • Locally grown produce can be eaten provided it does not show visible signs of surface contamination from the fire and that it is thoroughly washed and/or peeled before consumption;
  • Wash your hands before and after preparing food;
  • Food preparation surfaces should be wiped down using hot tap water containing washing-up-liquid, and dishes and other utensils should also be washed in hot tap water containing washing-up-liquid. You could also use food safe disinfectant to sanitise the surfaces, dishes and other utensils;
  • Anglers should avoid consuming fish from watercourses downstream of any release of fire run-off water;
  • Avoid using water from the affected natural watercourses for irrigation, drinking water for livestock, or for supplying fish farms etc;
  • Those growing crops for commercial purposes should contact the Environmental Health department if they are concerned about contamination of their products by soot or ash.

For further advice, please contact Environmental Health on 01935 462462.