Food Safety Tips for Power Outages

Partnership for Food Safety Education, USDA resources help retailers navigate disasters and more.

September 18, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still without power as a result of Hurricane Florence, proper food safety practices become even more critical. NACS has joined the Partnership for Food Safety Education to help provide food safety education to consumers. The group’s “Fight BAC!” program is the original consumer food safety education campaign developed to eliminate food-borne illnesses. 

The group also has a program focused on proper temperatures for storing food, Go 40 or Below, that has some great retailer resources to use to communicate with the consumer.

Also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a resource, “A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes.” During a power outage, the refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-full and the door remains closed).

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