Food Safety
    • Last updated:
    • 20 Aug 2019

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    Food safety tips during power outages.

    Fresh food

    Throw out fresh food if:

    • it has been in floodwater
    • it has an unusual smell, colour or feel
    • it has been unrefrigerated for more than four hours.

    Frozen food

    Throw out frozen food if:

    • it has been in floodwater
    • the power to the freezer has been off for more than 48 hours for a full freezer, and more than 24 hours for a half-full freezer.

    Note: Food that has started to defrost should be eaten as soon as possible. Do not refreeze.

    Pantry food

    Throw out pantry food if:

    • it has been in floodwater
    • it is open, swollen, damaged or missing labels.

    Note: If in doubt, throw it out!

    Refer to council's Disaster Management Toolbox website for fact sheets on food safety during disasters.

    For more information, contact your nearest Queensland Health public health unit, or visit Food Standards Australia.