As Moore County is experiencing wide spread power outages across the county due to Hurricane Florence, offers tips and guidance on what to keep and throw out when there is a lost of electricity. said refrigerated food should be safe to consume as long as power is out no more than four hours.  They suggest keeping the door closed as much as possible, and discard perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been above 40 degrees for over two hours.

Never rely on appearance, odor, or taste to determine the safety of food.  Throw away any food that has come into contact with raw meat juices. offers the following list:

Food Categories

Specific Foods held above 40 °F for over 2 hours


Raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish, or seafood; soy meat substitutes,Discard

Thawing meat or poultry, discard

Salads: Meat, tuna, shrimp, chicken, or egg salad, discard

Gravy, stuffing, broth, discard

Lunchmeats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, dried beef, discard

Pizza – with any topping, discard

Canned hams labeled “Keep Refrigerated”, discard

Canned meats and fish, opened, discard

Casseroles, soups, stews, discard


Soft Cheeses: blue/bleu, Roquefort, Brie, Camembert, cottage, cream, Edam, Monterey Jack, ricotta, mozzarella, Muenster, Neufchatel, queso blanco, queso fresco, Discard

Hard Cheeses: Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Parmesan, provolone, Romano, safe

Processed Cheeses, safe

Shredded Cheeses, discard

Low-fat Cheeses, discard

Grated Parmesan, Romano, or combination (in can or jar), safe


Milk, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, yogurt, eggnog, soy milk, discard

Butter, margarine, safe

Baby formula, opened, discard


Fresh eggs, hard-cooked in shell, egg dishes, egg products, discard

Custards and puddings, quiche, discard


Fresh fruits, cut, discard

Fruit juices, opened, safe

Canned fruits, opened, safe

Fresh fruits, coconut, raisins, dried fruits, candied fruits, dates, safe


Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce, horseradish, discard if above 50 °F for over 8 hrs.

Peanut butter, safe

Jelly, relish, taco sauce, mustard, catsup, olives, pickles, safe

Worcestershire, soy, barbecue, hoisin sauces, safe

Fish sauces, oyster sauce, discard

Opened vinegar-based dressings, safe

Opened creamy-based dressings, discard

Spaghetti sauce, opened jar, discard


Bread, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads, tortillas, safe

Refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie dough, discard

Cooked pasta, rice, potatoes, discard

Pasta salads with mayonnaise or vinaigrette, discard

Fresh pasta, discard

Cheesecake, discard

Breakfast foods –waffles, pancakes, bagels, safe


Pastries, cream filled, discard

Pies – custard, cheese filled, or chiffon; quiche, discard

Pies, fruit, safe


Fresh mushrooms, herbs, spices, safe

Greens, pre-cut, pre-washed, packaged, discard

Vegetables, raw, safe

Vegetables, cooked; tofu, discard

Vegetable juice, opened, discard

Baked potatoes, discard

Commercial garlic in oil, discard

Potato salad, discard

Casseroles, soups, stews, discard


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