The Food and Drug Administration recommends that meat left out at room temperature for more than two hours should be discarded. Raw meat left out for this amount of time is a breeding ground for bacteria that can make people very sick.
While a refrigerator set to 40 degrees does slow down bacteria growth significantly, it does not stop it altogether. Most raw meats may be refrigerated for up to three or four days, while cooked meat, poultry and seafood may also be stored in the refrigerator for the same amount of time. While meats consumed within these periods are safe, they do lessen in quality with each passing day.Learn More
Leaving frozen meat out at room temperature overnight encourages the growth of bacteria in the meat as it thaws. Meat needs to be kept in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
Cooked chicken should not be left out for more than two hours at room temperature. If the room temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, chicken can be left out no longer than one hour.Full Answer >
Cooked pork may sit out for two hours if the room temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or less or one hour if the room temperature is greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw pork should be refrigerated at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and cooked within three to five days.Full Answer >
Discard milk if it is left out at room temperature for more than two hours. Milk that remains at room temperature for an extended period of time grows bacteria and should not be consumed.Full Answer >