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Food Safety Issues/Hillshire Farms Tukery Polksa Kielbasa and butterball turkey bacon


we forgot to put away brand new packages of turkey kielbasa and turkey bacon. It was left unrefrigerated for about 4 hours and we put in in the fridge as soon as we noticed . Is it still safe to cook and eat ??

Hi Devon,

The recommendation for foods that can support the growth of harmful microorganisms such as meat products, is that they can be in the "Danger Zone" -- 41 to 135 degrees up to 4 hours before they should be pitched.  

Since your products were out of refrigeration very close to this recommendation, for safety I would pitch the products.

The problem is you can't tell by sight, smell or taste if the products are still safe to cook and consume.  While they may be perfectly safe -- they can also be harboring harmful bacteria or their waste product that can make you ill.  Some bacteria waste is not destroyed by heat so cooking a food that has been temperature abused is not a 100% guarantee that it is now safe to consume.



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Carol Schlitt


I can answer questions on home food safety, sanitation and home food preservation.


I am a former Extension educator, nutrition, wellness and food safety, having retired August 1, 2010. I am a food safety instructor for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a ServSafe Instructor/Proctor and have my own company, Safe & Savory Solutions, Inc -

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