Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out

FoodSafety-0On Bolivar Peninsula, the power was out from 5 pm Friday, September 1, to 6 pm Saturday, September 2 (25 hours).
The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for over 2 hours. You will have to evaluate each item separately. Use this CHART as a guide. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Thawed or partially thawed food in the freezer may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below. Partial thawing and refreezing may affect the quality of some food, but the food will be safe to eat. You will have to evaluate each item separately. Use this CHART as a guide.

Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.

Note: Always discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.

SOURCE: www.foodsafety.gov
[9-4-2017]

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