Is my food still safe after these terrible power outages?

A:

I'm sorry about this disruptive power outage. Here is the link to a publication that gives some helpful guidelines If your home freezer stops

There are also tips, in Storing Food for Safety and Quality

Regarding your specific items, if ice crystals are still present you can refreeze most items. As cold as it has been, some things may have not thawed completely.

Frozen foods, including meats, that still have ice crystals in them indicate that they have not reached refrigerator or above temperatures, so no dangerous pathogens could have grown in them. Meat can be refrozen even if it has fully thawed but not reached above 45f. ’ (high temperature for a refrigerator) just make sure to cook it well when you do thaw and consume it.

 

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