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After the Power Outage: Food Safety Tips for Warren Residents?

4/16/2024 (Permalink)

A person checks a meter during a power outage. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Macomb County.

Our local St. Clair Shores team responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in the Warren area. After a power outage, it will be important to discard some refrigerated foods. Here are some tips from the United States Department of Health & Human Services:

After a Power Outage

  • Never taste food to determine its safety. When In Doubt, Throw It Out!

Refrigerated Foods

Unsafe Foods

  • Discard the following if your refrigerator has been without power for more than 4 hours:
    • raw, cooked, or leftover meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and egg substitutes;
    • luncheon meat and hot dogs;
    • casseroles, soups, stews, and pizza;
    • mixed salads (i.e., chicken, tuna, macaroni, potato);
    • gravy and stuffing;
    • milk, cream, yogurt, sour cream, and soft cheeses;
    • cut fruits and vegetables (fresh);
    • cooked vegetables;
    • fruit and vegetable juices (opened);
    • creamy-based salad dressing;
    • batters and doughs (i.e., pancake batter, cookie dough);
    • custard, chiffon, or cheese pies;
    • cream-filled pastries; and
    • garlic stored in oil
  • Discard opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and horseradish if they were held above 50 °F for over 8 hours
  • Discard any foods like bread or salad greens that may have become contaminated by juices dripping from raw meat, poultry, or fish
  • In general, if any food has an unusual odor, color, or texture, throw it out

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