Handling refrigerated and frozen food during a power failure

Media Release                                                   
Huron County Health Unit
October 18th, 2012
Handling refrigerated and frozen food during a power failure


Huron County – Do not open the refrigerator or freezer door unless absolutely necessary in order to maintain the cold temperature.  Do not place hot foods in refrigerators.
  • A full freezer will keep food frozen for about 48 hours. A freezer that is half full will keep food frozen for about 24 hours.
  • An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours.
  • If available, add ice to the refrigerator to keep the food at a safe temperature if the power will be out for long periods of time.
Discard any thawed food that has been at room temperature for two or more hours, and any food that has an obvious unusual colour or odour.
Keep in mind that food contaminated with bacteria does not necessarily smell bad or appear spoiled.
Food that still contains ice crystals can be re-frozen.
If raw food has leaked during thawing, clean and disinfect the areas the food has touched.
Do not reuse the cloths you have used for clean-up until they have been disinfected by washing in hot water.


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Our media contact is: Sharon Brown, 519-482-3416 ext. 2224


Our spokesperson is: Patrick Landry, Public Health Inspector
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