Power Outages Impact on Food

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

With thousands of homes in the Mid-Ohio Valley still without power Thursday night, and refrigerators and freezers not working, experts say people should be careful of what they eat.

OSU Consumer Science Educator, Kathryn Dodrill, said any food that stays above 40 degrees for more than two hours should be discarded, especially meats and dairy products.

After that, foods begin to grow bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.

"We really want to avoid at all costs people having food born illnesses, and so keeping food cold below 40 degrees is important," Dodrill said.

Dodrill suggests keeping freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible, and that everyone should follow the rule, "when in doubt, throw it out."

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  • by misty Location: new matamoras on Feb 2, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    yes, you could have went to store to get peanut butter if you could have got out. yes, you could have put food outside if the animals didn't get in it. and you could have kept fridge doors shut if your kids weren't bored and looking in them even if you told them not too. so i am sure a lot of people lost food.
  • by barb Location: st.marys on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    my heart goes out to the ones w/o power. as cold as it is outdoors, i think your food could , be kept out doors in coolers, or in the vehiches. warming up to 32 sat. & sun. 45. will hurt the food, left out. prayers go out to all the families.
  • by country Location: fleming on Jan 30, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    . why are you so worried about food at 40 degrees at my house it has been good to reach 20 and people may live in the country but they are pretty smart farmers. Go look in the stores find peanut on the shelves that what you should worry about.
  • by captain obvious Location: ohio on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    Uh..... I can't help but wonder why the best advice one can get for preserving food supplies during a power outage is to keep the doors shut. I'm not sure how cold it is in Parkersburg exactly but right across the river it's plenty cold enough to sit your cold foods outside. Either WTAP thinks our community lacks common sense or we're running out of news.
  • by hmmmm on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    when is the last time it's been 40 degrees outside? pack it up and put it on the porch.
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