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if you put a dead animal in the freezer, wrapped in a plastic bag, lay the dead animal on top of the other food in the freezer, can the smell of the dead animal contaminate the other food in the freezer just from the odor? please help me!

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    Smells will travel from item to item in the freezer, yes. – Preston Sep 9 '14 at 21:44
  • I just want to know why you are asking this. Strange question. – Cindy Sep 9 '14 at 23:09
  • @CindyAskew Unfortunately, it seems plausible it's a dead pet :( – Cascabel Sep 9 '14 at 23:51
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    If it is a dead pet, I am so very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I was in the same situation a few years ago. No leeway on smell or contamination. Please have your pet buried or cremated as soon as you can. I'm sure that I speak for many others in the community, as well as for myself, when I express my sincere condolences. Much comfort wished. It's never easy. ...to God's ears. – Cindy Sep 10 '14 at 0:55
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Anything you store in the freezer needs to be airtight, or odors will propagate. And they'll linger in the freezer itself, not just the other food, so you really want to avoid this.

If you're using plastic bags to store things in your freezer (and they're not zip-seal bags), make sure they're thick and tied off airtight. No harm using multiple bags to make extra sure!

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  • Would you please make a slight edit to your answer? When I looked at it this morning I realized that I had downvoted it. Believe me it was not my intention to do that. (So sorry!) I intended to upvote and tried to change it but too much time has passed. Again my apology. – Cindy Sep 10 '14 at 12:07
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I read this question differently, and it may not be the original poster's intent, but I wonder if @mandi porter was asking if bacterial contamination can be transported by odor. Of course, the smell is an indication of bacterial spoilage, but it is not where the bacteria reside.

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