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Food spoilage insurance

Food spoilage insurance can be covered in your home insurance. It sounds silly but it can be helpful when there's an extended power outage.

What you need to know

  • Food spoils when it gets warm. Meat gets smelly. Milk goes all gluggy. Super gross.
  • Eaton says power outages hit 1 million+ people a year. That is a lot of gluggly milk.
  • Lots of home and contents insurance products will cover this. No more gluggy milk. Well, new milk.

Compare policies with food spoilage insurance

Name Product Food Spoilage Electrical Motor Burnout Fire, Storm & Theft Damage Online Discount Cheapest way to pay
Budget Direct Home & Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $500
Optional
Annually
Our verdict: The most popular insurer on Finder, Budget Direct prioritises low-cost cover and gives you up to 30% off your first year for new combined policies purchased online. This is a big reason it won this year’s Finder Award for value.
Youi Building and Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $1,500
Annually
Our verdict: Finder’s 2022 Insurer of the Year for Customer Satisfaction and our Top Pick for Fire Damage cover. It’s good if you want a tailored quote over the phone.
QBE Home & Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $500
Annually
Our verdict: Finder's Top Pick for Floods plus cover for other common claims such as fire and theft). Its discount is better than most – 20% off your first year with a combined policy.
Honey Home & Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $1,000
Optional
Monthly or Annually
Our verdict: Honey gives you $250 smart sensors to reduce accidents and estimates your rebuild costs for you. Honey was a finalist for the comprehensive category in this year’s Finder Awards.
Australia Post Home & Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $500
Annually
Our verdict: Covers common claims such as fire, storms, floods and rain. It’s also very helpful if you need to rebuild following a disaster. It offers a special safeguard of up to 30%.
Kogan Home & Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $500
Annually
Our verdict: Good comprehensive cover (issued by QBE). Also, get 16% off on your first year's premium when you purchase a new combined Home & Contents insurance policy online + $10 monthly credit. T&Cs apply.
Qantas Home and Contents Insurance
BonusFinder Award Finalist
Qantas Home and Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $500
Optional
Annually
Our verdict: Earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points with every Qantas Home Insurance policy you take out by 22 April. T&Cs and exclusions apply.
Westpac Home and Contents Insurance
Yes - Up to $500
Optional
Monthly or Annually
Our verdict: Provided by Allianz, one of the biggest insurers in Australia. Cover for fire, theft, storm, cyclones and more.
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Can I claim food spoilage from a power outage?

Yes. Many home and contents insurers will cover loss or damage caused by a power outage. Generally, you'll find that it's included under the contents insurance part of your policy and covers you for situations like:

  • Your freezer accidentally breaking down
  • The public electricity supply failing because of an accident
  • Insured events such as lightning, storms or water damage
  • Electrical motor damage (in some cases and so long as it was caused by an insured event like lightning)

There are some insurers who might require additional criteria in order for your claim to be successful. For instance,

  • The Bureau of Meteorology needs to have a record of lightning in your area at the time of the incident.
  • You won't be covered if you leave the door ajar or you accidentally disconnect the power supply.
  • Some don't cover you for the motor burning out or fusing, unless it was caused by an insured event.

Finder survey: How often do Australians compare or switch their home insurance?

Response
Once a year31.87%
I never compare or switch27.31%
Once every 3+ yrs21.85%
Every 2 yrs17.3%
More than once a year1.67%
Source: Finder survey by Pure Profile of 1113 Australians, December 2023

What is food spoilage insurance?

Food spoilage insurance covers you for loss of or spoilage to frozen or refrigerated food, caused by an insured event such as your freezer accidentally breaking, a power outage or in some cases, electrical motor damage. Food spoilage cover is generally included in the contents section of your home and contents insurance policy because that's the part of your cover that protects the items and belongings kept at your home.

How do I get food spoilage insurance?

You'll need a policy that includes contents cover, so you can choose from either;

fruits

Contents insurance.

A contents insurance policy can help you cover the cost of lost, damaged or spoiled food if your fridge blows out. Contents insurance is usually cheaper than buying a complete home and contents insurance policy and it can also cover the other belongings you keep at home too.

fridge

Home and contents insurance.

A normal home and contents insurance policy can also cover the cost of food spoilage if something goes wrong with your fridge or freezer. This could be a good option if you want to play it safe and get cover for everything, your home and the stuff you keep inside.

What do the home insurers say?

It's similar across most home insurers, however some make mentions of how they cover you in a power outage, and if medications are included.

We looked at the product disclosure statements (PDS) of 3 Australian insurers to show you how it can differ.

BrandIs this benefit included?What the PDS saysLimit
Picture not describedIncludedWe'll cover the cost of replacing frozen foods that are damaged at your home if caused by:

• your freezer accidentally breaking down,
• accidental damage to your freezer, or
• the public electricity supply failing to reach your freezer because of an accident.

An insured event does not have to occur to claim this additional benefit.

Up to $2,000
Budget Direct LogoIncludedWe will pay up to $500 for food spoilage if we have accepted a claim for loss or damage from an insured event at the insured address. You don't have to pay an excess if you claim for spoiled food only. Up to $500
Domain insureOptional extraIf you have contents cover then we will pay the reasonable costs to replace any refrigerated/frozen food or refrigerated prescription medicines that are spoiled as a result of:
  • Accidental destruction, loss or damage to the refrigerator or freezer;
  • Your refrigerator or freezer breaking down or;
  • A failure of the electricity supply

The most we will pay under this additional cover is $500 per claim.

No excess applies when you claim under this additional cover only.

Up to $500

When will this be handy?

Food spoilage insurance is a really handy benefit to have included with home insurance. Here are a few reasons why:

  • You have expensive taste. If you're a passionate foodie then it's likely your fridge and freezer is full of good stuff. One power outage or accident and it could all be gone. Not only have you lost good food, you've wasted a lot of money.
  • You have a big family. On average, a family of 4 spends $336 a week on food. That's a lot of money to risk losing and one more way home insurance can come in handy.
  • You buy food in bulk. If you like to stock up on supplies, there's a lot of money in your fridge and freezer if there's a power outage. Food spoilage insurance can make sure you get reimbursed. Most policies pay you up to $500 towards food loss.
  • You live in an area where power outages are common. Some parts of the country have more power outages than others. If you've experienced a power outage in the past, it's worth protecting your fridge full of goods for the next one.
  • You live in an area with unpredictable weather. If the area you live in is prone to lightning, storms or other bad weather, there's an increased chance of a power outage. Food spoilage insurance could come in handy.

Do I really need food spoilage insurance?

Since we've already seen fires, storms and strong winds damage power lines and cause outages for thousands of households across Australia in 2020, particularly in bushfire-affected towns, it's wise to get food spoilage insurance included in your home insurance policy. It can reimburse you for the fridge full of food you could lose if something like a power outage or electricity supply failure occurs.

With global warming affecting Australia more severely than other countries, the chances of power outages and blackouts happening again are increasingly likely. You might not need it, but it's covered by most home insurance policies, so is it really worth the risk?

When won't food spoilage insurance cover me?

There are some situations where you might not be covered for food spoilage. These include loss:

  • If the food spoilage was caused by a planned power outage.
  • If the public electricity supply failed due to industrial action or civil commotion.
  • If your freezer is over a certain age, usually 15 years old.
  • If you deliberately cause the food to spoil.
  • If your claim is related to lightning, and there was no evidence of it in your area at the time of the incident.
  • If you leave the door ajar.
  • If you accidentally disconnect the power supply.
  • If the motor burns out, unless it was caused by an insured event.

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