Can I eat this, delayed FedEx meat shipment edition
April 8, 2014 12:10 PM Subscribe
I had a shipment of frozen meat that was delayed by bad weather last week in Memphis. It was shipped on Thursday frozen in a styrofoam box to be delivered on Friday. Thanks to a weather delay, I didn't get it until Monday evening. The box sat in a truck in the local FedEx parking lot all day Saturday and Sunday (and probably most of Friday also).
posted by fogovonslack to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I opened the box, the pork tenderloin on top had thawed (and leaked blood throughout the shipment where the shrink-wrap had torn); temperature readings with an IR thermometer varied between 45 and 50F. The steaks in the middle were cold and partially frozen, and the fish was thawed but still cold. The ground beef on the bottom, however, had also thawed and had temperature readings between 45 and 50F (and had also leaked blood from torn shrink-wrap). I really have no idea how long it was in that temperature range, as it spent the weekend in a FedEx truck (apparently in an unshaded parking lot) and sat on my front steps for several hours before I got home.
I think the steak and fish are safe to eat, but the pork and ground beef seem iffy. This USDA site
says not to eat anything more than 2 hrs above 40F, which seems to rule out the pork and beef.
It has all gone into the freezer immediately after opening (except the fish, which is in the fridge).