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Food safety in a power outage 

Food safety in a power outage 

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012 8:00 pm

If your power goes out, knowing what to do with the food in your refrigerator and freezer can help you stay healthy.
When the power goes out, the most important thing to remember is: keep the fridge and freezer doors closed! 
• A closed refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours.
• A full freezer will keep temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
• If the power is going to be out for a long time, buy dry or block ice.
Perishable foods that have not been kept properly chilled can harbor dangerous pathogens that could make you and your family sick. For more information on keeping food through a power outage see the links below. 
Remember: when in doubt, throw it out.
Courtesy of the University of Tennessee Extension Service

Published in The Messenger 8.6.12

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