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How Long Can Mozzarella Cheese Sit Out?

While mozzarella cheese is a staple in many households, it's essential to handle it properly to ensure its quality and safety. When left unrefrigerated, mozzarella – like many other cheeses - can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

As a rule of thumb, mozzarella cheese should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. If the cheese has been exposed to temperatures above 40°F (4°C) for an extended period, it's best to discard it to avoid the risk of foodborne illnesses.

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