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Food Safety: Power Outages and Flooding

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Food Safety and Hurricane

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides these food safety recommendations for those who lost power or suffered flooding in their homes due to Hurricane Katrina. Please follow this advice to avoid becoming ill from food involved in power outages or flooding. For additional information, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

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If the Power is Off

  • NEVER taste a food to determine its safety.

  • DISCARD refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after four hours without power.

  • If the food in your freezer still contains ice crystals or is at 40