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SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration
SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The winter of 2014 is in its early stages, and yet many parts of the country are already experiencing extreme weather conditions and power outages. In fact, a power outage can happen at any time, and it can affect the safety of your food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds you that the best way to ensure that food stays safe is to have a plan in place, and to know what food safety precautions to take if a power outage does occur.
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Plan ahead to keep food safe if the power goes out. Stock up on supplies in advance, or know where to obtain them if needed.
If the Power Goes Out
Cold temperatures slow the growth of harmful bacteria, so keeping food at safe temperatures is critical to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
When Power is Restored
Before consuming any food after a power outage, check the temperatures inside your refrigerator and freezer.
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