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How long can milk stay unrefrigerated?

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Milk should be kept refrigerated whenever possible and should be discarded if it spends more than two hours at temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If a refrigerator loses power, it can maintain the safety of milk and other foods for up to four hours as long as it remains closed.

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How long can milk stay unrefrigerated?
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Any time milk spends at room temperature increases the chance of bacterial growth and can speed the process of spoilage. When shopping, it's a good idea to select dairy products toward the end of the visit in order to minimize the amount of time milk spends in the dangerous temperature zone.

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  1. foodsafety.gov

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