Attention Food Service Establishments:

If your business has been without power for over 4 hours no food may be served.

Prior to opening please email the health department at environmental@co.adams.il.us

Or call the Health Department at 217-222-8440.

Food Safety During An Emergency

Did you know that a flood, fire, natural disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of food-borne illness. This Consumer’s Guide will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an a prolonged power outage.

A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety after Severe Storms:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/shared/PDF/Severe_Storms_and_Hurricanes_Guide.pdf

Steps to Follow During and After the Weather Emergency:

  • Never taste a food to determine its safety!
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
  • The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed).
  • Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below.
  • Obtain block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.
  • If the power has been out for several days, then check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer or food thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below, the food is safe.
  • If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, then check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.
  • Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items after 4 hours without power.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

 

 

 

 

Adams County Health Department was formed by a tax referendum in 1944. The mission of the department is Disease and Injury prevention, Health Protection and Health Promotion.

 

There are approximately fifty employees in these divisions: Clinical and Environmental Services, Family Health and Community Education, and Supportive Services.


Our department is governed by a Board of Health, a medical director and a public health administrator. Revenue comes from the local health tax levy, fees for services and program grants.

  
  Home  | FOIA Policy | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer