I have a package of sausage that I intended to use yesterday. It was taken out of the freezer to thaw at about 4 o' clock. At 9 o' clock it felt fully thawed but we ended up putting it back in the refrigerator where it sits as we speak. When used the sausage is going to be baked in the oven for half an hour. Are we safe to eat this?

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    It's the meat temperature that matters. That will depend a lot on the room temperature and how it's packed. The surface will have been below freezing for some of the time, never mind below the 5C maximum recommended fridge temperature. In my cool kitchen, and with how I usually pack food for freezing, I wouldn't hesitate to eat it. But we can't recommend that you do that because we can't know the temperature history.
    – Chris H
    Feb 20, 2018 at 19:45

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The rule of thumb is over 40 F for more than 4 hours. At best small portion of the sausage was over 40 F for 4+ hours. If bad stuff happened then baking will not fix it. I would eat it.

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