Refrigerated items are safe if the power is off for no more than about four hours. If the power has been off for more four hours:
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed
- Open the refrigerator as little as possible.
- Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that has been held at temperatures above 40°F for more than 2 hours.
- Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.…
- Discard food in your refrigerator and freezer that looks suspicious, such as the presence of liquid or refrozen meat juices, soft or melted and refrozen ice cream, or unusual odors.
- Never taste food to determine its safety. Food unfit for human consumption is also unfit for pets. If in doubt, throw it out.Additional information about food safety after a power outage, including a chart of specific food items, is available at: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html.
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