Q: What temperature is a danger zone for food?

A: The Temperature Danger Zone is a temperature range in which bacteria and viruses grow at an accelerated rate based on ideal conditions. The TDZ (Temperature Danger Zone) is 41⁰-135⁰F with the temperature range between 70⁰-125⁰F being the most favorable for bacterial growth. It is important to get food through this temperature range within two hours and to get the food to the recommended cooking temperature for each food as outlined in the food safety guide to kill the bacteria that may have grown on the foods.