My refrigerator door was accidentally left open overnight. Can I still eat the food inside?
The answer to this question depends on the temperature of the food and how long it was held without refrigeration. Use a food thermometer to measure the temperature on the inside of the food. If the foods are not above 41°F, then it should be safe to eat. If the food has been above 41°F, then it is critical to determine how long it has been above 41°F. If the food has been above 41°F for less than 2 hours, it should be safe for immediate use. If the food has been above 41°F for more than 2 hours, then it is safest to discard these items.
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