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Food safety when you are without electricity

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Thousands of customers across the state found themselves with no electricity when storms rolled across Wisconsin this morning.

While most outages last a short while, some can last a long time and put your food at risk.

Family Living Agent, Jackie Carattini  from Marathon County's UW Cooperative Extension says frozen food in your freezer will usually last for two days.

Beyond that you may have to move it into another cooler, put it on ice or throw it away.

When it comes to refrigerated foods, she says those should be okay if the power is out a short while.

"With perishable food you usually have 4 to 6 hours. After that you must check carefully to make sure it is safe to eat. If you have any doubts, throw it away rather than run the risk of food-borne illnesses, says Carattini.

The UWEX has a Disaster Handbook with more safe food tips on the web:

http://www.uwex.edu/ces/news/handbook.html

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