"I urge all New Yorkers affected by the power outage to make sure that food that may have spoiled during is not consumed and is thrown out. It is critical for New Yorkers to avoid getting sick by following food safety guidelines. The five key rules are:
- Use common sense - foods, such as dairy products,
meat (red meat, chicken and seafood), and particularly items such as
previously cooked rice or potatoes, are not safe to eat after a prolonged
period without refrigeration.
- Better safe than sorry.
- Evaluate each food item separately.
- Never taste food to see if it is bad.
- When in doubt, throw it out."
New Yorkers concerned about food poisoning can call the New York City Poison Control Center at (212) POISONS or (212) 764-7667 or 3-1-1. More information on food safety recommendations can also be at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.