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Boiled rice and pasta stored at room temperature can cause food poisoning

With the right temperature you will be safe.

Rice and pasta can contain bacteria whose spores survive the cooking process. If boiled rice or pasta are left out at 12-14o C for a long time (more than 4-6 hours), it can become extremely dangerous to eat. At this temperature the spore producing bacteria can form heat resistant toxins.

Rice and pasta leftovers must therefore always be cooled rapidly and kept in the fridge at below 6-8o C. Then they will be safe to eat.

Reference:, Professor Per Einar Granum, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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