Can Reheating Rice Cause Food Poisoning?

Yes it does.

  • It is not the reheating that causes the problem but the way the rice is stored before it is reheated.
  • If the rice is leftstanding at room temperature, the spores can grown into bacteria.
  • Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.

You may experience vomiting or diarrhea about 1-5 hours after eating rice containing Bacillus cereus bacteria.

Tips on serving rice safely:

  1. Serve the rice as soon as it is cooked
  2. Keep rice in the fridge for no more than 1 day until reheating.
  3. Do not reheat rice more than once.

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