Food Wise is Food Safe

food safetyRefrigerator temperature must be maintained at 40 °F or below and your freezer at 0 °F

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If your home loses power, how do you know what foods you can safely keep and eat?

  • Before using any foods, check your refrigerator and freezer thermometers. If the fridge is still at or below 40 °F, or the food has been above 40 °F for only 2 hours or less, it should be safe to eat.
  • Frozen food that still has ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below (to be sure, check the appliance thermometer or use a food thermometer to check each individual food package) can be safely refrozen or cooked.

If you’re unsure how long the temperature has been at or above 40 °F (or 0°F for freezers), When In Doubt, Throw It OUT!

  • Since few refrigerator controls show actual temperatures, using an inexpensive freestanding appliance thermometer will allow you to monitor the temperature. Buy one for the fridge, one for the freezer. Try to keep refrigerator doors closed while the power is out, to retain temperature. Check the temperature before you use any food.