My groceries were left in the car for 8 hrs it was 71*. Is my yogurt, cheese and bologna ok

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Kristin Lloyd asked 4 months ago

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Mark Staff answered 4 months ago

Thanks for your question, Kristin
8 hours is a long time to leave food out of refrigeration.
Yogurt usually has an acidic pH that prevents the growth of pathogens but you would need to test the pH and verify that it is less than pH 4.6.
At 71F, if there is a pathogen in food, it could multiply up to 10,000 times (i.e., 1 one bacterial cell could become 10,000 cells in 8 hours).
Although there are normally no pathogens in unopened packages of yogurt, cheese and bologna, I recommend not eating these foods.
Be safe!
Mark