Food Safety: Proper Cooking is a Must - Food Dialogues

Food Safety: Proper Cooking is a Must

By: Dr. Leah Dorman

At my house, parties, family dinners, and other gatherings are typically centered around food. But cheer can quickly turn to misery if food makes you or others ill.

Food safety is a top priority of meat and poultry producers, and the U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some 76 million people get sick from foodborne illness every year.

While many steps are taken to ensure the meat you purchase is safe and wholesome, the last line of defense—and an important step—is making sure meat is handled properly and cooked to the right temperature.

And that responsibility lies with the people preparing the food for the millions of holiday gatherings that take place in homes across the country, including mine.

Many food safety resources are available. Click here for more information on safety measures you can employ this holiday season to keep your celebration happy, healthy and safe!

Dr. Leah Dorman, D.V.M., is a food system veterinarian and director of food integrity and consumer engagement for Phibro Animal Health Corporation who blogs on a variety of topics related to responsible antibiotic use and related topics.

Interested in learning more about the responsible use of safety? Connect with Dr. Dorman at Ask Dr. Dorman on Facebook, @AskDrDorman on Twitter or visit

Leah Dorman is part of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s Digital Voices Council.  All opinions expressed are the writer’s own. Funded by one or more checkoff programs.