Storm Ready - After - Keeping Food Safe During a Power Outage
Keeping Food Safe During a Power Outage
Items in a full freezer will stay frozen for about two days with the door kept closed; in a half-full freezer, for about one day.
Refrigerated foods can keep for up to four hours.
Discard any perishable refrigerated foods that have been above 40°F for more than two hours.
Discard any food with unusual odor, color or texture. Remember: "When in doubt, throw it out."
For additional information about food safety during power outages, call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555.