NEW JERSEY — Raw meat left unrefrigerated? How about that cheese that warmed up during the power outage?
When Tropical Storm Isaias took out power to at least 1.3 million across the state, many went without refrigeration and many still have yet to get it back.
The CDC's FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.
“Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage," the CDC says. “Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.”
For frozen food, the CDC says, “A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed).
Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below; however, its quality may suffer. Never taste food to determine its safety.”