How long can cooked rice sit out at room temperature?

Do not allow cooked rice to sit out at room temperature. Slowly cooling rice can support the growth of the pathogen Bacillus cereus, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Serve rice immediately after cooking it, and refrigerate the rest. Rice will cool more quickly if divided into shallow containers.
Alternatively, cool the rice  in a colander under cold running water.
New Zealand Food Safety Authority "Safe Cooling of Cooked Rice"



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