You may want to give that little white box another look, because it could contain heat-resistant Bacillus cereus. "It's not that rice itself is dangerous, but after it's been cooked there are spores of bacteria that can germinate," said Bob Martin, of the Food Standards Agency, to the BBC.
His advice? Try cooling the rice first if it is to be eaten later — and don't even think about a room-temp buffet. But, don't just take extra precautions with specific foods. If you really want to try to avoid food poisoning at all costs, make sure you're washing those hands, keeping your work surfaces clean and separate from one another, respecting use-by dates, monitoring your fridge temp, and eating leftovers within two days. Hopefully you don't have anymore Thanksgiving turkey rolling around. (BBC)