Loss of Electricity and Refrigerated Foods: Avoiding the Danger Zone

Scarcelli, Joseph M.; Nelson, Douglas C.
October 2013
FIU Hospitality Review;Fall2013, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p55
Academic Journal
Recent events such as Winter Storm [Hurricane] Sandy and Hurricane Katrina have demonstrated that local food supplies must last as long as possible. Current recommendations are to dispose of all refrigerated food four hours after the power is lost. The purpose of this study was to determine if it is possible to safely hold food longer than four hours without power. The results indicate that the food can be held for up to six hours if the door is not opened. If ice is added to the refrigerator, then it will take the food approximately 10 hours to reach 5°C (41°F).


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