Are your perishables safe to eat after load shedding?

How long after a power outage should you consider throwing out perishables like meat?

Joanne Joseph spoke to Anelich Consulting director Prof Lucia Anelich to find out.

Anelich says if a power outage goes on for more than 12 hours, there may be a lot of damage to your food.

By that time there is quite a lot of damage and then I would certainly advise that any of those perishable foods are then completely thrown away and discarded...and not even given to your domestic pets at all.

Prof Lucia Anelich, Director - Anelich Consulting

Your perishable foods are the ones that are going to be most affected. Generally what we do say is that these foods would be fine if they stay in the refrigerator at 4 degrees celsius with the doors closed during the time of load shedding. However, the more you open the fridge door, the more warm air is then sucked into the fridge and that just increases the temperature.

Prof Lucia Anelich, Director - Anelich Consulting

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