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Power OUt? Check Your Food.

After the loss of power, refrigerated or frozen foods may not be safe to eat.

After 4 hours without power, throw out refrigerated foods like meat, fish, eggs, milk and leftovers.

  • Throw out any food with an unusual color, odor, or texture.
  • Never taste food to determine if it is safe to eat.
  • Check temperatures of food kept in coolers or your refrigerator with an added cold source. Throw out food above 40°
  • If you have an appliance thermometer in your freezer, check to see if it is still at 40 °F or below.
  • You can safely refreeze or cook thawed frozen food that still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below.

When in doubt, throw it out.

For more information, go to the CDC website here.

Food Establishments: Click here for a guide to assist in food safety after a power outage.

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