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Food safety tips: what to keep, what to pitch

  • The Hamilton County Health Department has issued tips on food safety when the power goes out.
  • Keep the freezer and refrigerator door shut
  • If the outage is less than two hours, everything should be OK.
  • If the outage is more than two mores, a half-full freezer will last 24 hours; a full freezer will last 48 hours.
  • If the food in your refrigerator is over 40 degrees, throw it out.
  • If you think something looks bad, throw it out, especially if it's meat.

Refrigerator foods - when to save and when to throw out (based on food held above 40 degrees for over two hours)

MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD

  • Fresh or leftover meat, poultry or seafood - DISCARD
  • Thawing meat or poultry - DISCARD
  • Meat, tuna, shrimp, chicken or egg salad - DISCARD
  • Gravy, stuffing - DISCARD
  • Lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, dried beef - DISCARD
  • Pizza, with any topping - DISCARD
  • Canned hams labeled "Keep refrigerated" - DISCARD
  • Canned means, open - DISCARD

CHEESE

  • Soft Cheeses: bleu, Roquefort, brie, Camembert, Colby, cottage, cream, Edam, Monterey Jack, ricotta, mozzarella, Muenster, Neufchatel - DISCARD
  • Hard Cheeses: cheddar, Swiss, parmesan, provolone, Romano - SAFE
  • Processes cheeses: SAFE
  • Shredded cheeses: DISCARD
  • Low-fat cheeses: DISCARD
  • Grated Parmesan, Romano or combination (in can or jar) - SAFE

DAIRY

  • Milk, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, yogurt - DISCARD
  • Butter, margarine - SAFE
  • Baby formula, opened - DISCARD

EGGS

  • Fresh eggs, hard-cooked in shell, egg dishes, egg products - DISCARD
  • Custards and puddings - DISCARD

CASSEROLES, SOUPS, STEWS - DISCARD

FRUITS

  • Fresh fruits, cut - DISCARD
  • Fruit juices, opened - SAFE
  • Canned fruits, opened - SAFE
  • Fresh fruits, coconut, raisins, dried fruits, candied fruits, dates - SAFE

SAUCES, SPREADS, JAMS

  • Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, horseradish - DISCARD if above 50 degrees for over 8 hours
  • Peanut butter - SAFE
  • Jelly, relish, taco, barbeque sauce, soy sauce, mustard, catsup, olives - SAFE
  • Worcestershire sauce - DISCARD
  • Fish sauces (oyster sauce) - DISCARD
  • Hoisin sauce - DISCARD
  • Opened vinegar-based dressings - SAFE
  • Opened creamy-based dressings - DISCARD
  • Spaghetti sauce, opened jar - DISCARD

BREAD, CAKES, COOKIES, PASTA

  • Bread, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads - SAFE
  • Refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie dough - DISCARD
  • Cooked pasta, spaghetti - DISCARD
  • Pasta salads with mayonnaise or vinaigrette - DISCARD
  • Fresh pasta - DISCARD
  • Cheesecake - DISCARD
  • Breakfast foods - waffles, pancakes, bagels - SAFE

PIES, PASTRIES

  • Pastries, cream filled - DISCARD
  • Pies - custard, cheese filled or chiffon - DISCARD
  • Pies, fruit - SAFE

VEGETABLES

  • Fresh mushrooms, herbs, spices - SAFE
  • Greens, pre-cut, pre-washed, packaged - DISCARD
  • Vegetables, raw - SAFE
  • Vegetables, cooked - DISCARD
  • Vegetable juice, opened - DISCARD
  • Baked potatoes - DISCARD
  • Commercial garlic in oil - DISCARD
  • Potato salad - DISCARD

FROZEN FOOD (Thawed, held about 40 degrees for over 2 hours)

MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD

  • Beef, veal, lamb, pork and ground meats - DISCARD
  • Poultry and ground poultry - DISCARD
  • Variety meats (liver, kidney, heart, chitterlings) - DISCARD
  • Casseroles, stews, soups - DISCARD
  • Fish, shellfish, breaded seafood products - DISCARD

DAIRY

  • Milk - DISCARD
  • Eggs (out of shell) and egg products - DISCARD
  • Ice cream, frozen yogurt - DISCARD
  • Cheese (soft and semi-soft) - DISCARD
  • Hard cheeses - REFREEZE
  • Shredded cheeses - DISCARD
  • Casseroles containing milk, cream, eggs, soft cheeses - DISCARD
  • Cheesecake - DISCARD

FRUIT

  • Juices - REFREEZE or DISCARD if mold, yeasty smell, or sliminess develops
  • Home or commercially packaged - REFREEZE or DISCARD if mold, yeasty smell, or sliminess develops

VEGETABLES

  • Juices - DISCARD if held above 40 degrees for 6 hours
  • Home or commercially packaged or blanched - DISCARD if held above 40 degrees for 6 hours

BREADS, PASTRIES

  • Breads, rolls, muffins, cakes (without custard fillings) - REFREEZE
  • Cakes, pies, pastries with custard or cheese filling - DISCARD
  • Pie crusts, commercial and homemade bread dough - REFREEZE

OTHER

  • Casserole - pasta, rice bread - DISCARD
  • Flour, cornmeal, nuts - REFREEZE
  • Breakfast items - waffles, pancakes, bagels - REFREEZE
  • Frozen meal, entree, specialty items (pizza, sausage and biscuit, meat pie, convenience foods) - DISCARD

 

 

 

 

For additional food safety information about meat, poultry, or egg products, call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1 (800) 535-4555; Washington, DC area, (202) 720-3333; for the hearing-impaired (TTY) 1 (800) 256-7072. The Hotline is staffed by food safety experts weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. Food safety recordings can be heard 24 hours a day using a touch-tone phone.

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