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Is It Safe to Eat Buffet or Leftover Food During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to eat food that's been sitting out on a buffet? How about leftovers?

The basic rule is that if it’s usually served hot, eat it hot. And if it’s usually served cold, eat it cold. You’re especially vulnerable to bacteria when you’re pregnant, so stay away from hot or cold food that’s been sitting out at room temperature for two hours or more. If you’re at a party and want to go for seconds, reach for safe items like veggies, fruits, and bread. Dying for more mini meatballs after the two-hour rule? It’s okay to pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes to zap any bacteria that’s hanging around. Same goes for other foods that are normally served hot — a quick zap should keep you safe. As for leftovers, be sure to store them in the fridge and reheat thoroughly.

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