It's important to be aware that food that has not been refrigerated can cause severe health problems.
- Items in a full freezer will stay frozen for about two days with the door kept closed; in a half-full freezer for about one day.
- Refrigerated foods can keep for up to four hours.
- Discard any perishable refrigerated foods that have been above 40 degrees F for more than two hours.
- Discard any food with an unusual odor, color or texture.
Remember: "When in doubt, throw it out." For additional information about food safety during power outages, call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555.