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Food safety for outages and storms in Chattanooga
Food Safety

Food safety during an outage is very important


Rule #1 – when in doubt, throw it out!

The USDA notes that your refrigerator will keep food safe for a few hours during a power outage. After that time, the safest bet is to start discarding perishable food.

Food safety tips to keep in mind during an outage:

  • Keep your refrigerator cold. Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting so that your food will last longer during an outage.
  • Keep the fridge & freezer doors shut – as much as possible to keep the cool air in.
  • Never taste food to see if it’s gone bad – that can be a recipe for food poisoning
  • After 2 hours in a fridge above 40 degrees – discard all prepared items and cooked leftovers, meats, poultry, seafood, mayo-based salads, casseroles, soups, stews, pizza, breakfast and lunch meats, eggs and egg-based dishes, canned biscuits and cookie dough, soft and shredded cheeses, milk and dairy products, cooked pasta and potatoes, cut vegetables.
  • After 2 hours in a freezer above 40 degrees – discard all frozen meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products and pre-package frozen meals.
  • And remember – when in doubt, throw it out!


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