How To Keep Your Food Safe If Hurricane Sandy Cuts Electricity

Source: Michelle Castillo / CBS News

With Hurricane Sandy threatening to cut power, many people are worried how long their food can last in the refrigerator and freezer without electricity. But, there’s other food safety issues that people should be concerned about.

The USDA has compiled a list of tips to help you sort through what is safe to eat in order to avoid food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses in the event of a power outage.

The top three things to remember are:

  • Meat, poultry, fish and eggs should stay at or below 40 degrees F and frozen food should remain below 0 degrees F.
  • Stock up on foods that can be eaten cold or heated with a gas stove.
  • Food tainted by flood water, which contains bacteria, is not safe.
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