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Question: Left cheddar cheese in a open fridge for 8 hours. I then closed the fridge and continued eating it for the next month. Is it safe to be eating?
It's generally safe to eat cheese that has been left out of the fridge for a short period because the acid in the cheese prevents the growth of harmful bacteria. However, leaving cheese out for extended periods can increase the risk of bacterial contamination, which can cause foodborne illness. In this case, you left the cheese out for 8 hours, which is a bit long, but then you kept eating it for a month after. It's hard to say for sure if it's safe to continue eating, as it depends on various factors like the type of cheese, how it was prepared, and how it was stored. If the cheese has developed mold or has an unusual smell or taste, it's best to discard it. As a general rule, it's always better to err on the side of caution and discard any food that you're unsure about rather than risking food poisoning.
March 27, 2023, 4:29 a.m.
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