How long can cooked shellfish sit at room temperature?

Shellfish should never be allowed to sit  at room temperature for longer than two hours. Bacteria that cause spoilage, illness, or both multiply rapidly at room temperature.
For buffets, hot shellfish should be kept at a temperature of 140°F or hotter.  Cold shellfish should be in a bed of ice to maintain temperatures below 40°F.
University of California Cooperative Extension "Meat, Poultry and Shellfish Safety" "Safely Storing Oysters and Other Molluscan Shellfish"


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