Making sure food in refrigerators, freezers are safe

UNDATED (KTHV) - If your power went out and you are questioning the safety of your food, you can follow these guidelines to make sure it is still edible.

According to, you should check the temperatures of your appliances and discard any perishables--meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or leftovers-that have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more.

Each item will need to be evaluated separately, and any items that have an unusual color, odor, texture, or feels warm to the touch should be thrown away. Never taste a food to determine its safety!

Food in freezers that is partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40 °F or below.

A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed, and a freezer will keep proper temperatures for up to 48 hours if your freezers is full and 24 hours if not.

More information can be found in the PDF documents attached to this story.


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