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Perishable Food Safety

The Atlantic Hurricane season is officially from June 1st through November 30th according to the National Hurricane Center. By living in Florida means being aware of potential hurricanes for those six months. Whether hit with a direct or indirect tropical storm or hurricane, there is a possibility that there will be a power outage. One of the biggest concerns is what will happen to the perishable foods that need refrigeration if the source of electric is out. It is recommended that perishable foods from the refrigerator or pantry be used first. Then use the foods from the freezer, followed by non-perishable food supplies.  Here are the estimates for the approximate time that food may be held at appropriate cold temperatures (remember the temperature depends on whether you keep opening and closing the refrigerator).

Refrigerator: If kept closed, approximately 4 hours;

Full Freezer: If kept closed, approximately, 48 hours;

Half Full Freezer: If kept closed, approximately 24 hours; and

Dry ice: 2 to 3 days.

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