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DHHS Recommendations on Food Safety During Power Outages

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released food safety recommendations for residents who have lost power in their homes. The issue of concern is whether the food in your home is still safe to eat. Extra precautions should be taken to determine if the food can be saved or if it should be thrown away. A good rule to follow in this situation is, “when in doubt, throw it out.”

The US Department of Agriculture recommends taking the following steps
during and after a weather emergency:

  • Never taste food to determine its safety

  • 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 its half full and the
    door remains closed)

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

  • Get block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freeze 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

For further information from on food safety for homeowners and retailers during and after power outages, please visit the DHHS website by Clicking Here