What are some of the key ways to keep safe when cooking meat or handling food?

There are a number of things consumers should consider when cooking meat and handling food, including but not limited to:

  • Internal cooking temperature
  • How meat is thawed
  • Keeping raw foods separated to avoid cross-contamination
  • The temperature zones at which food begins to grow bacteria/spoil
  • Washing hands

Consumers can look to a number of sites that provide helpful information on proper food handling. A couple of great places to start:

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

http://www.foodsafety.gov/

USFRA Point of View

First and foremost, farmers and ranchers are committed to providing safe food and healthy choices for everyone. During the past several decades, farmers and ranchers have continuously improved their processes so Americans can have one of the safest food supplies in the world. And farmers and... Read more