USDA tips for food safety after power outage

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you woke up Friday morning and discovered your power was still out, you might start to worry about what's safe to eat.

While the recent storm damage may not cause days of power outages, even a night of no electricity can jeopardize the food in your fridge.

Here's some basics from the USDA.

You should always keep meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40° Fahrenheit and frozen food at or below zero.

When the power is out, that becomes difficult. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.

A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours or 24 hours if it is half full if the door remains closed.

Under all access, we've put a link to the USDA website, which includes a list of common foods and how to tell if they are safe after a power outage.

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