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𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴

Load shedding occurs often in South Africa. Other countries in the northern parts of Africa and the Middle East, also experience power outages on an average of 23.5 times a month which lasts on average 9.4 hours at a time. South-East Asia is hit with an average of 17 power outages a month, lasting over an hour each time.

These outages have a direct impact on food safety. Three (3) factors are at play here – the length of the outage, its frequency of it and where food is stored.


𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀: 𝗔𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗱, 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲.

Food in a refrigerator may be safe as long as:

– Power outages do not last longer than four hours

– the fridge door is closed

– the temperature of the refrigerator was at 4 °C when load shedding started.


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