Which foods are perishable?

Perishable foods are those that are likely to spoil, decompose or become unsafe to consume. They should be kept refrigerated at 40 degrees F (4.4 degrees C) or less to remain safe or prolong the time they will remain healthy because refrigeration slows down bacterial growth. There are two completely different families of bacteria that can be found in foods: "pathogenic bacteria," the class that causes foodborne illness, and "spoilage bacteria," the kind of bacteria that causes food spoilage and develops odors , unpleasant tastes and textures. Examples of foods that need to be refrigerated for safety include meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, soft cheeses, cheesecake, most pastries, all cooked leftovers and any foods purchased refrigerated or labeled "keep refrigerated". Very few fresh fruits and vegetables will remain safe at room temperature for a long time, so most must be kept in the refrigerator to prevent breakdown or mold growth. Some condiments that are safe at room temperature (such as ketchup, mustard, and soy sauce) can be kept refrigerated to preserve texture or taste, but it is not necessary. To find storage times for food, go to the Food Marketing Institute website at:

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