Source of the "40 to 140 in 4" rule, finally found it!!!!!

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by diggingdogfarm, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Mystery solved.

    Well, sort of.

    According to Douglas Baldwin, the rule is gathered from information in the US Food Code but not succinctly and specifically spelled out, that's why, even after MUCH searching, I wasn't able to find it previously.

    Quoting Douglas Baldwin..... "the US Food Code requires that such food can only be between 41°F (5°C) and 130°F (54.4°C) for less than 4 hours (FDA, 2009, 3-501.19)".

    So, "40 to 140 in 4" to make it easy to remember and for an added margin of safety!!!


  2. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Martin!
  3. So be it. A law is set for the kingdom       "40 to 140 in 4"        And for of those members with a short memory (like me) I have the address of a good tattoo artist.

  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just found this thread:

    Thanks Martin!!

    I found this a long time ago. Since then I tried a number of times, for hours, and couldn't find it again!!!

    Now I know where that little sucker is!!!


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