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Food Safety Warning After Power Outages

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As more people continue to get their power restored, many are now turning their attention to cleaning up and that includes their refrigerators.

A power outage, plus refrigerated or frozen food could equal disaster.

A week after an ice storm and folks are stocking up again on food lost during the power outage. Vic Jefferson says this storm was different.

"A few years ago we had a little one. Lasted about a day or so, but this right here, took it to another level," said Jefferson.

Jefferson says he was in the dark for more than 30 hours. Some of his food becoming an ice storm casualty.

Jefferson said, "Orange juice we kept, it didn't spoil. Shrimp, we had to get rid of. Tuna fish. Little things like that we had to toss out."

According to the website,, you should get rid of any meat, poultry or seafood, any dairy including soft cheese and milk and throw out any egg products.

Health experts say you should never taste food to determine the safety. You can't rely on the way something looks or how it smells to figure out if it is safe enough to eat. So, when in doubt, throw it out.



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