How long are cooked meat leftovers safe to eat?

When it comes to leftover cooked meat, how do you know if it is still safe to eat? Too many people rely on scent and visual examination to determine the safety of eating leftovers -- a recipe for food-related illness. Here are guides to determine how long cooked meat leftovers can be safely eaten:
  • Cooked ground beef or turkey: 3 to 4 days
  • Deli meat: 3 to 5 days
  • Cooked pork: 3 to 4 days
  • Cooked poultry: 3 to 4 days
  • Cooked beef, bison, lamb: 3 to 4 days

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