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Monday, October 29, 2012

Play it safe with food after power goes out

Riding out a hurricane after the power goes out is bad enough. Doing it while you’re sick would be worse, so the state Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging residents to play it safe with their fridge contents if the power is out.

“Food safety is always a big concern when the power is off for an extended period of time,” Dr. Jose Montero, the state’s Public Health Director said. “We would advise people to take extra care when determining if their food should be saved or thrown out. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if it has been contaminated with dangerous bacteria. We would advise people if they have any doubt to throw it out.” ...

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Riding out a hurricane after the power goes out is bad enough. Doing it while you’re sick would be worse, so the state Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging residents to play it safe with their fridge contents if the power is out.

“Food safety is always a big concern when the power is off for an extended period of time,” Dr. Jose Montero, the state’s Public Health Director said. “We would advise people to take extra care when determining if their food should be saved or thrown out. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if it has been contaminated with dangerous bacteria. We would advise people if they have any doubt to throw it out.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued these guidelines to make sure your food is still safe following a power outage.

• Never taste food to determine if it is safe

• 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 approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) and the door remains closed

• Food can be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below

• Get block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for an extended period of time

• Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items after 4 hours without power.

– JOSEPH G. COTE