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Hot food can usually be held without temperature control for up to 4 hours. That being said, check with your local regulatory authority to verify specific requirements. When serving food, the discard time on the label must be four hours from the time you removed the food from 135°F.


  1. Hot food usually lasts for 4 hours before it must be discarded

  2. Check with your local authority to verify this

  3. The discard time must be labeled 4 hours after it is removed from temperature