Time-Temperature abuse happens anytime a food remains too long at a temperature that is favorable to the growth of food borne microorganisms. The temperature range is between 41˚F and 135˚F degrees. This range is called the danger zone.Therefore, you need to keep cold foods cold, and hot foods hot..
Food needs to be cooked to the appropriate temperatures to kill pathogens. Temperatures are different for each foods. A thermometer is your most important tool to cooking foods to an accurate temperature.
Hold hot food at 140˚F or higher.