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Keeping your food safe after a power outage

Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 6:48 PM CDT
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Power outages can have an effect in more ways than one and can impact all the food you keep in your refrigerator and freezer.
At the Garden Grove Events Center, the power was out for 15 hours making all major appliances inoperable including the large freezer and even the
walk-in cooler.
Officials at the Jackson County Health Department say people at home and businesses like the Garden Center are faced with a real food safety problem.

Director of Environmental Health Bart Hagston says food needs stay below 40 degrees to stay safe. So if your fridge has been off more than two hours and you have dairy, meat or seafood, then you may want to throw it out.

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The Center's owner Dirk Borgsmillers explains how he's are dealing with the outages. “Well, we have three events this weekend. Yhe food for the events is spoiled. Said Bart Hagston. “We have to replace the food which is thousands of dollars. This is not the first time that Ameren is aware of this situation. it's been ongoing for several years."

Hagston said there are certain foods you can keep: like jellies, butter margarine, condiments, and pickles.
Even if your house is cold, it's not good enough for food. You can run the risk of a food born illness.
As for Garden Center, the power was restored in the afternoon. They hope to have their events up and running with freshly purchased food.

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