Food safety in a storm

It’s hurricane season. I’m not talking about my new favorite hockey team (although their season is almost here as well). Hurricane Bill is poised to travel towards the North East many folks might find themselves without power for a few days. One of this week’s food safety infosheets (teaser alert, another one is coming up) focuses on food safety during a power outage.

Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
-Hurricanes and storms can cause power outages and lead to food safety concerns
-Protect your food by being prepared
-Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature
-You may safely re-freeze foods that still contain ice crystals or that have been kept at 41° F or below.

Download this week’s infosheet here.

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.