How long can cream cheese be left out of the refrigerator, say, at a party?

The FDA cautions consumers not to leave any perishable product--including cream cheese-based appetizers and desserts--at room temperature for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour when the temperature is above 90° F.
FDA Factsheet: “Kitchen Companion”
Dr. Rani Govindasamy-Lucey, senior scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, University of Wisconsin


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