Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

9. Why is it important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold?

It is important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold because bacteria grow quickly in the "danger zone" between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Just keeping food warm (40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) is not safe. Most foods are safe after cooking to a safe internal temperature and refrigerating promptly.