Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

7. What are the recommended cooking temperatures for foods?

Foods are safely cooked when they are heated to the USDA-FDA recommended safe minimum internal temperatures, as listed below. Cook these foods to the following safe minimum internal temperatures before removing them from the heat source. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the food. Color of food is not a reliable indicator of safety or doneness.

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