January 07, 2014
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro, Laura Martin

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?