Mum sparks debate over whether lasagne can be refrigerated after leaving it on the bench for hours

A heated debate has sparked online after an Australian woman asked whether it is safe to refrigerate lasagne after leaving it on the bench for six hours after cooking it. 

Seeking assistance from the Mums Who Cook and Bake Facebook group, Ally said: ‘I made a lasagne last night around 10pm, was too hot to put in the fridge! I forgot until 4am, will it be okay to eat? It’s in the fridge now.’

Many parents were divided as some said the food is okay to refrigerate and eat, while others disagreed and said it’s best to throw the dish away. 

Seeking help from the Mums Who Cook and Bake Facebook group, Ally said: 'So I made a lasagne last night around 10pm, was too hot to put in the fridge! I forgot until 4am, will it be okay to eat? It's in the fridge now.'

Seeking help from the Mums Who Cook and Bake Facebook group, Ally said: ‘So I made a lasagne last night around 10pm, was too hot to put in the fridge! I forgot until 4am, will it be okay to eat? It’s in the fridge now.’

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‘My Greek parents and grandparents always left things out on the stove overnight and even all day! We never got sick. I think you would be fine,’ one mum said.

‘It would have spent the majority of that time in the ‘danger zone’ of temperature. That would be a no,’ another said.

A third added: ‘Some days we leave lasagne, mac and cheese (with sausages and bacon and ham), potato bake those type of bakes in the oven overnight after a big BBQ and fridge it next morning. All good. Again, our parents left many things outside and didn’t die.’

‘That’s a no from me, food poisoning is not pleasant,’ another added.  

‘Depends where you are and what the weather’s like but I would say it would be fine,’ one mum said. 

Many parents were divided as some said the food is okay to refrigerate and eat, while others disagreed and said it's best to throw the dish away

Many parents were divided as some said the food is okay to refrigerate and eat, while others disagreed and said it’s best to throw the dish away

According to SA Health , the general two hour/four hour rule recommends not consuming ¿freshly potentially hazardous foods¿ that has been left out at room temperature for more than four hours

According to SA Health , the general two hour/four hour rule recommends not consuming ‘freshly potentially hazardous foods’ that has been left out at room temperature for more than four hours

According to SA Health, the general two hour/four hour rule recommends not consuming ‘freshly potentially hazardous foods’ that have been left out at room temperature or hotter for more than four hours.

These foods include meats, dairy products, prepared fruit and vegetables, cooked rice and pasta and processed food containing eggs.

If left out of refrigerated temperature for more than four hours, potential health risks follow – such as food poisoning.

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