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Image reads: Eat safe food after a power outage. Refrigerated or frozen foods may not be safe to eat after the loss of power. Find out what you can do to keep food safe during a power outage, and when you need to throw away food that could make you sick.

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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