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What to do when food has freezer burn

(HealthDayNews) -- Are you worried about those grayish-brown, leathery looking marks on the food in your freezer? No need to fret. According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, freezer burn is a food-quality issue, not a food-safety problem.

The dry spots are caused by air seeping through packaging that's not airtight, and the color changes are a result of chemical changes in the food's pigment. The food is fine to eat -- just cut away the dry areas either before or after cooking the food.

Next time you freeze food in plastic bags, push all the air out first.

Felicity Stone

Felicity Stone

Published on November 25, 2002

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