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Are frozen foods that are exposed to freon gas still safe to eat?

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Freon gas is the fuel used in most modern refrigerators and freezers. It is tasteless, odorless, and non-toxic. If freezer or refrigerator coils are punctured, freon may escape. Foods stored in the freezer will be safe to eat.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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