The storm may have passed but the danger is far from over. Queensland Health have warned Brisbane residents that some foods may now be unsafe to eat.

Queensland Health is urging residents who lost power in the wake of yesterday’s ‘super storm’ to be vigilant about food safety.

Executive Director of the Health Protection Directorate, Sophie Dwyer said that after any major storm, food safety should always be on people’s health radars.

‘‘Food safety is particularly important as many areas of Brisbane have lost power overnight so food in fridges may be unsafe to eat,” Ms Dwyer said. ‘‘It is useful to make a note of the time the power failed and to keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible while the power is off. A closed refrigerator should keep food cold for about four hours.

“Freezers will usually not defrost and spoil food for 48 hours if the freezer is full, or after 24 hours if it is half full, provided the door has been kept shut. If frozen foods have thawed, they should not be refrozen but should be kept cold and eaten as soon as possible.

‘‘If you have access to ice, pack your refrigerator and freezer to help maintain a cool temperature.’’

Ms Dwyer said it was just as important to keep hot food hot.

‘‘Throw out food that was being cooked when the power failed, if the cooking cannot be completed within two hours. If food is already properly cooked, eat it within two hours or throw it out,” she said.

‘‘Remember, if in doubt, throw it out!’’

Quick food safety tips

  • Do not open your fridge or freezer door unnecessarily
  • Refrigerated food will spoil sooner than frozen food, so eat any perishable foods in your fridge first, such as dairy products and meat.
  • If your power has been cut and you have not kept your freezer stocked with ice, food will start to spoil and should be eaten immediately. What can’t be eaten should be thrown out.
  • Throw out any food that has started to spoil, especially if it smells bad, tastes strange or is slimy.

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