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What temperatures should you cook meat to prevent food poisoning?

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Here are a few specifics:

Cook leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs, until they are steaming hot.

  • Cook roasts and steaks to at least 145 F.
  • Whole poultry should be cooked to 165 F.
  • Cook ground beef (hamburger) to at least 160 F.
  • Ground chicken or turkey should be cooked to 165 F.

From: How to Prevent Food Poisoning WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Foodborne Germs and Illnesses,” “Protect Yourself When Eating Out.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

International Dairy Foods Association: “Pasteurization.”

Foodsaftey.gov: “Sprouts: What You Should Know.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Foodborne Germs and Illnesses,” “Protect Yourself When Eating Out.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

International Dairy Foods Association: “Pasteurization.”

Foodsaftey.gov: “Sprouts: What You Should Know.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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