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.