Food Safety Tips During Hurricane Sandy Power Outage

As Hurricane Sandy has experts calling it a super storm for the history books, authorities have released food safety tips that will keep your food good to eat during the power outage.

With Hurricane Sandy it’s almost impossible to talk about “what if scenarios”. Expected to impact some 60 million people, Sandy is most obviously going to take out the electricity. That’s going to spell disaster for people in all the major cities. Wall Street has already shut down for the storm, whereas more than 10,000 flights have been canceled. State officials have launched guidelines to help you keep your food safe to eat during a Hurricane Sandy power outage.

As news outlets and authorities have warned about the super storm that will hit the East coast, many have prepared for the worse. As expected store clerks were overwhelmed, whereas stocks were not enough. For those of you who managed to buy provisions before the stores closed, here are some food safety tips for the power outage.

“We encourage residents in the projected path of the storm to include an appliance thermometer, coolers, and dry ice on their Hurricane Sandy preparation checklists” advised Elisabeth Hagen with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “As a last resort for food safety, when in doubt, throw it out” she added.

To begin with, if you’re looking to keep you food safe to eat during the power outage remember that meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be kept at or below 40 degrees F. Frozen food goes without saying, needs to be kept below 0 degrees.

In the refrigerator, food will remain cold for about four hours in the event of a power outage. If your freezer is full, it should keep cool for 48 hours. FDA says you can keep your food safe to eat a lot longer if you put food together in the fridge and freezer. If you bought dry or block ice, you can use it to keep the freezer running cool for two days.

As experts say floods are going to be a norm because of Hurricane Sandy, avoid any food that has been tainted by flood water. Swollen, leaking rusted or punctured cans should be thrown away.

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