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How do I check food temperature to prevent food-related illness?

Harmful bacteria are destroyed when foods are cooked to proper temperatures. To reduce your risk of foodborne or food-related illness, use a food thermometer to ensure cooked meats, poultry, egg dishes and leftovers are safe. Here are tips on accurately measuring the temperature of foods:
  • Red meats, roasts, steaks, chops and poultry: Insert into center of the thickest part of the cut, away from bone, fat and gristle.
  • Poultry (whole bird): Insert in inner thigh area near the breast, but not touching bone.
  • Ground meat and poultry: Place in the thickest area of meatloaf or patty. With thin patties, insert sideways to reach the center.
  • Egg dishes and casseroles: Insert in center or thickest area of the dish.
  • Fish: Check if fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

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