News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Preventing food borne illness when the power’s out

Preventing food borne illness when the power’s out

With some households in the region facing two or more days without electricity, it will be important to take care with food from the fridge and freezer.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) Medical Officer of Health, Dr David Sinclair, is advising people without power to follow guidelines around food spoilage to avoid food poisoning.

"After today, highly perishable foods in the fridge like meat and fish may not be safe to eat," he said.

- Throw out rotten or contaminated food quickly so it doesn’t spoil other food in the fridge.

- You can still eat food like raw vegetables, cheese and bread.

- Dispose of any food from the freezer which has thawed out and been at room temperature for longer than two hours.

- When the power comes back on, it is important not to refreeze food that has defrosted.

- If the frozen food has ice crystals and the packaging is intact then it can be refrozen.

"And if you are unsure, have a closer look and smell. If the colour has changed, it has a slimy texture or if it smells off, it probably is off.

"If you eat food that has gone off, you can risk infection from salmonella, campylobacter and a range of food poisoning bacteria.

"Food poisoning is a really unpleasant illness, requiring time off work or school," Dr Sinclair says.

Maintaining hygiene around food preparation and cooking requires more thought than normal.

- Always wash and dry your hands before preparing food

- If water is in short supply keep some in a bowl with disinfectant

- Ensure all utensils are clean before use

- Cook food thoroughly.

For further information see https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-safety-for-consumers/tips-for-food-safety/food-safety-during-sickness-or-emergencies/

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Book cover: New Zealand's Backyard BeastsScoop Review Of Books: Bug Report

You might be forgiven for being a little uncertain about what this non-fiction work is all about based just on its title, but the cover illustration steers you straight, and the content inside leaves you in no doubt about the purpose of this lovely book More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Best Music Tracks Of 2018

Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain... More>>

Programme Launch: Pussy Riot Leads The Auckland Fringe

The full programme for Auckland Fringe arts festival 2019 has landed with a giant international announcement for the blockbuster programme which features Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot. They are set to make their New Zealand debut, coming to Auckland for one night only. More>>

Howard Davis: Three Reasons for Film Fans to Get Netflix

The past two months have finally seen Netflix come into its own, providing the financing for three films that will warm the hearts of cinephiles everywhere - Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind, The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Rift by Rachael Craw

Rachael Craw's first series, Spark has been extremely well received by the YA community in both Australia and New Zealand (it has a hashtag, #SparkArmy), and The Rift looks like it’s going to be just as popular. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland