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I made pot roast in the crock pot last night. When we were

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I made pot roast in the crock pot last night. When we were finished eating I unplugged the crock pot to let the meat cool off before putting it back in the fridge, well....when I woke up this morning, I realized that I forgot to put it back in the fridge. Is it still good and safe to eat?

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Unfortunately, these meats enter the danger zone after two hours when in the 40-140 degree temperature range

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I would highly recommend that the meat be discarded - if it was more like 3 hours it would probably still be okay, but meat left out overnight is not going to most likely be safe for consumption as that has allowed time for staph and other bacteria to invade

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many of these would not be killed even if zapped well in the microwave

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There is no real way to test for these bacteria without someone getting sick from them

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Sorry for the bad news - I would be HIGHLY reluctant to eat the meat left out that long....

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