Federal Food Safety GuidelinesHas your fridge or freezer turned off and the food is still inside? Apply the golden rule for food safety: "If In Doubt, Throw It Out." Below are general food safety and cleaning tips from the government's food safety guidelines.
Food Safety Recommendations
- Partial thawing and refreezing will reduce the quality of foods, particularly in fruits, vegetables and prepared foods. It is considered a safe practice to refreeze foods that have partially thawed, if the foods still contain visible ice crystals. But not refreeze frozen food that has fully thawed.
- Meats and meat products are unsafe to eat when they begin to spoil. If the color or odor of the thawed product is questionable, get rid of it!
- Do not use or eat ice cream or ice milk after the product has melted.
- Canned goods should be edible. Simply wash your canned and bottled goods in hot soapy water or disinfect the exterior in a solution of 3 tablespoons of household bleach to 1 gallon of water.
- If labels come off, be sure you mark the contents on the can or jar with a grease pencil.
- Do not use canned goods when the cans have bulged or the can is dented or rusted.
Removing Odors From Your Refrigerator or Freezer
- Wash inside with a solution of baking soda and water
- Or use 1 cup of vinegar or household ammonia to 1 gallon or water
- Baking soda in an open container, or a piece of charcoal can be placed in refrigerator or freezer to absorb odors