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Is food safe if the refrigerator door was left open overnight?

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Most refrigerators have a built in thermometer that will tell you: as long as the temperature is still 40 degrees, the food is safe. According to the USDA, food held at temperatures above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours should not be consumed.

 

For more food safety information, see Can Your Refrigerator Kill You?