TIPS: Keeping food safe during a power outage

posted by Caroline Cook -

April 16, 2018 - Thousands of people in central Virginia are without power, some for the next couple of days. 

"Many of us might not give a second thought to the food in the refrigerator until the power comes back on and things begin to return to normal," said Scott J. Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., health director of the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. "That’s when you might begin to wonder if that sliced turkey in the back of the deli drawer is still good."

The number one rule is when in doubt, throw it out - never taste food to see if it is still fresh.

Remember, most bacteria are odorless, tasteless, and invisible to the naked eye, so a taste test could make you ill.

"Food safety is always a struggle between temperature and time," continued Dr. Spillmann. "The longer that food is stored at unsafe temperatures -- above 41° Fahrenheit -- the higher the chance for dangerous bacteria to multiply and make you sick."

If your refrigerator has been without power for more than four hours, the food inside is potentially dangerous.

More on the story HERE from ABC-13 WSET.

Photo: Getty Images 

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