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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