My local Eagles is throwing a corned beef feed tomorrow. In the walk in cooler there is 4 cases of corned beef flats for the feed. When I went in to have a cold one today after work I learned that someone left the cooler door ajar and cooler temp was at 55 degrees. The cooler is normally at 34 degrees, and these cases had been in there for 3 days so I am relatively positive they were at 34 degrees, prior to the door being left ajar. The person that found the door ajar didn't take a temp reading on the surface temp of the corned beef, only felt it. She said they felt cold so didn't think any thing about it.
My problem with this is, this will be feed to the public and the cooler temp was 15 degrees above max safe holding temp, and we don't know what the surface temp of the corned beef was, nor do we know for how long it was above 40. I stated in my opinion we should NOT feed this to the public. I realize there is a bunch of salt and there is cure in it as well, but still question whether it is a good idea to feed this to the public. Am I being overly cautious? Whats your all's thoughts and input on this.
If the general consensus is too not feed this to the public I am going to print it out and show them I am not alone on this. And hope they agree.
Edited by sprky - 3/17/12 at 12:55pm