Asked July 30, 2015, 4:16 PM EDT

How long can cantaloupe sit out at a BBQ before going bad?

Sussex County Delaware

1 Response

Thanks for your question. All cut fruit should be kept on ice as a precaution but especially cantaloupe because it has been identified by the CDC as a TCS (time and temperature controlled) food. This is because cantaloupe has been tied to a foodborne outbreak. Cantaloupe can stay out at a barbeque for 2 hours if the temperature is below 90 degrees, 1 hour if above 90 degrees (even on ice).