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Posted on: January 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Questions Answered about Food Safety Issues During Power Outage

A snowstorm knocked down the power lines, can I put the food from the refrigerator and freezer out in the snow?
Some of my food in the freezer started to thaw or had thawed when the power came back on. Is the food safe? How long will the food in the refrigerator be safe with the power off?

These questions and more including charts on specific food in freezer and refrigerator, answered in this Food and Drug Administration guide to Loss of Power Food Safety.

Loss of Power Food Safety
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