How Long Does Rice Last in the Fridge?

According to the National Health Service (the publicly funded healthcare system in England), cooked rice has a surprisingly short shelf life

 The answer has to do with a specific bacteria you don't even realize could be lurking, which causes something called "fried rice syndrome.

Bacillus cereus, a spore-forming bacteria, is commonly found in the environment and can contaminate food, including uncooked rice. 

The FDA estimates that there are 63,400 illnesses linked to B. cereus in the United States each year. Most people who become ill from a B

 Cereus toxin will have a mild, upset stomach, with symptoms that resolve in 24 hours. For those who are immunocompromised, however, consuming the bacteria, spores or toxins can be deadly.

Cereus multiplies and thrives at room (and body) temperature, meaning the longer cooked rice is left unrefrigerated, the more likely it is unsafe to eat," says Coffman.

 If storing cooked rice, cool it within one hour and do not keep cooked rice in the fridge for more than one day.

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