Food Safety After a Power Outage

— Written By Ann Simmons

If you lost power during the recent storm, you may be wondering if you should discard or keep food in your refrigerator or freezer. If your power was out for 48 hours or less and your freezer is nearly full, your food may still be fine. According to food safety experts, a closed refrigerator will keep food 40°F or below only about 4 hours after a power loss. A closed freezer can keep food 40°F or below for up to 48 hours if full and kept cold. The following link will take you to a fact sheet that will help you decide what you need to keep and what you should toss: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/when-the-power-is-out-when-to-save-refrigerated-food-and-when-to-throw-it-out

If you still have questions after reviewing the fact sheet, please call Ann Simmons at 704-878-3157 or email ann_simmons@ncsu.edu for more information.