Question: Why Does Food In Freezer Smell and Taste Like Kerosene,Will It Be Poisonous To Eat?

February 22, 2010


Anonymous's picture

Freezer of refrigerator contains a gas which helps in cooling.If it is leaked it creates a bad smell.The gas is called freon. This gas is harmful to health.When the gas is leaked it contaminates the food materials forming the smell of kerosene.

budrojr's picture

Yes, I get that. It makes food taste like crap. But is it safe to eat? Would a person grow a third arm, puke frogs, or lose their eyesight?

Mr. Collins's picture

Yes Freon is deadly. It is after all a poisonous gas.
read the full story at the above link.
Limited exposure—for example, a spill on your skin or breathing near an open container—is only mildly harmful. However, care should be taken to avoid contact with these types of chemicals. According to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), even small amounts can cause symptoms. These could include:

irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat
heart palpitations