The Huron County Health Unit says refrigerated food goes bad after four hours during a power outage. .
Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry recommends that refrigerator doors only be opened when absolutely necessary
He says if the power has been out for more than four hours food in the refrigerator should be thrown out.
Landry points out that bacteria can start to form on food well before it can be seen or smelled so he suggests when in doubt – thrown it out.
He also suggests that if food has started to thaw and has leaked anywhere, that area should be thoroughly cleaned.
He adds if there are still ice crystals on frozen food that indicates that food has not completely thawed and it’s safe to re-freeze it.