Food Safety after Extended Power Outages

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- When power goes out for an extended period of time, you may be able to save some food in the fridge, but some may spoil.

Senior Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer sciences Cristin Sprenger said you should check food after an outage.

She suggest to take a look at the temperature in your fridge. It should be below 41 degrees. The food should also be at the same temperature.

She said you can refreeze food if it is still frozen or has ice crystals on top.

"Our rule is when in doubt, throw it out. Is a $5 item really worth having to go to the doctor or get sick or having to pay your copay" said Cristin Sprenger.

She said if you eat spoiled food, you could get E.coli.

To prevent food from spoiling, she recommends to put items in a cooler filled with ice. You can set it outside if the temperature is below 40 degrees.


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