Today is National Cheeseburger Day!!
In light of this auspicious occasion here are some hamburger safety tips to keep you healthy as you celebrate.
Ground beef must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). Using a digital or dial food thermometer is crucial, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, because research results indicate that some ground meat may prematurely brown before a safe internal temperature has been reached. On the other hand, research findings also show that some ground meat patties cooked to 160° F or above may remain pink inside for a number of reasons; thus the color of meat alone is not considered a reliable indicator of ground beef safety. If eating out, order your ground beef to be cooked well-done.
(Compiled from the FDA Consumer – latest revision, July 2002)
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Source: Food Reference