Fridges after Irma stock danger: USDA food safety tips

10:00 p.m Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 Georgia Politics and Government
After a power outage, the temperature of food in a fridge is key. (AJC Staff Photo/Curtis Compton)

If your power is out, manage your fridge, advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tropical Storm Irma may have left Atlanta, but its dangers haven’t. For those lacking electricity, every time the fridge or freezer door opens, warm air floods in. Even keeping it closed can only slow the process of warming. Unfortunately it won’t take long, and the contents are going to thaw and melt.

That can lead to health dangers from spoiled food.

Here is some advice, mostly from the USDA:

The USDA also has a Meat and Poultry Hotline for food safety questions, in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854); or a live chat at

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