Question by  Enigma (33)

What temperature allows bacteria to start to grow?


Answer by  BrTaylor (51)

the optimal temperature range for bacterial growth is between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the reason for commercial kitchens, or kitchens serving large amounts of food are required to keep all perishable foods, when not using them below 40 degrees and when cooking to keep foods above 140 degrees.


Answer by  Jimmy (31)

Most refrigeraters are set to 40 degrees or lower, and most experts agree that bacteria growth is significantly surpressed when the ambient temparature is below 40 degrees F. Ideally, a lower temperature is prefered, but 40 drgrees is optimal for most foods without the danger of freezing liquids and other perishables.


Answer by  aearthdragon (471)

All bacteria varies which makes this question difficult to answer. For food bourne illness some bacteria can grow in temperatures as low as 34-F. They also can grow in temperatures as high as 135. To kill bacteria it varies from 145 - 212 depending on your elevation. Although in yellowstone bacteria live in the hot acidic springs.

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