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Posted July 18, 2012 | Leave a comment
Food safety after a storm
Hurricanes and severe storms can cause power outages and food safety issues. Unfortunately, many people have recently lost power for extended periods resulting in loss of refrigeration. Frequently, people want to know how long their food will keep in the refrigerator and/or freezer after an outage.
In general, the recommended temperature for refrigerated items is 40 degrees or below. The ideal temperature for your freezer is 0 degrees or below. On a weekly basis it is important to monitor your units with thermometers. These can be purchased at any hardware or food store.
What to do during a power outage:
First, when the power goes out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut to maintain the cold temperatures! Post a sign on your refrigerator to remind your family members not to open.
For a detailed list of what foods should be thrown out after a power outage go to:
Most importantly, do not taste food to see if it is safe. When in doubt, throw it out, or call your Family Consumer Sciences agent at your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.
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