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December 27, 2013
Food safety during Toronto's ice storm and power outage
Toronto Public Health (TPH) reminds residents and businesses to follow all food safety guidelines when it comes to consuming or serving food that may be affected by the power outage.

Residents who have been without power, or recently had their power restored, are advised to reduce the risk of a foodborne illness:
• If you have been without power for 24 hours or longer, all food in the fridge should be thrown out.
• During a power outage of 48 hours or longer, all food in the freezer should be thrown out.
• Any leftover cooked food that cannot be reheated or stored in a working refrigerator or freezer should be thrown out.

Never eat food that looks or smells strange. TPH's advice is – when in doubt, throw it out.

More food safety tips are available at

Toronto Public Health inspectors are conducting regular visits to all City reception centres to ensure food safety.

The Emergency Operations Centre has requested that residents and businesses do not drop off food donations to the City's reception centres or warming centres. The reception centres and warming centres do not have the ability to store food sufficiently to prevent foodborne illnesses.

If people want to make food donations, they can drop them off at their local food bank.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Media Contact
Kris Scheuer
Toronto Public Health



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