What temperature effectively stops the growth of bacteria? The reason I ask is because I had a guy stop by with a deer cape he had in the processors cooler for about two weeks. He said the cooler was 38 degrees. Of course, he left it in there even after asking me what to do with it, and me telling him to get it wrapped up well and FROZEN. Is 38 cold enough to prohibit bacteria growth and activity? It didn't smell from the outside, but I didn't open it up and check the flesh side. Thanks.