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Is this bacon safe to eat?

Flour Child May 4, 2011 07:38 PM

I ordered bacon shipped from San Francisco, (I live in L.A.). It arrived in two days, however the bacon was cool to the touch (not cold) and the ice packs had melted. Is it safe to eat? It was $8 a pound, I would REALLY hate to toss it!

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    juliewong May 4, 2011 07:47 PM

    Without sending it to a lab it is hard to say however bacon is usually cured and was likely cold enough for the length of time needed. I would give it the sniff test, make sure it was cooked through and don't serve to infants, pregnant women, elderly, or people with immune system deficiencies.

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      LauraGrace May 4, 2011 07:49 PM

      Cured? Nitrites?

      I'd eat it. All that salt!

      1. todao May 4, 2011 07:50 PM

        Nobody can tell you whether your bacon is safe to eat or not. It would have to be tested to be certain. I can tell you that leaving food at temperatures above refrigerator temps. allows for rapid bacteria growth. Depending on the variety of bacteria, cooking may destroy it; or it may not. The decision, ultimately, is yours.

        1. chowser May 5, 2011 04:24 AM

          Call the company and tell them what happened. If it's a problem, they should send you a new pack.

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            BadRabbitAU May 5, 2011 12:53 PM

            I'd say it's almost definitely fine IF it is cured bacon. A properly cured bacon can sit out at room temperature for days. Even if it has turned, it will just taste bad. A cured bacon is almost certainly not going to have any toxins or dangerous bacteria after only a day or two.

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              Harters May 5, 2011 01:58 PM

              It should be fine. Bacon in one of my local shops just sits on the counter, without refrigeration, just like it did in all shops when I was a child.

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