What Is a Meat Temperature Chart?


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A meat temperature chart is useful for knowing if cooked meats are at their correct minimum internal temperatures so as to ensure that they are safe for consumption. The United States Department of Agriculture has a meat temperature chart that people can use for this purpose.

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What Is a Meat Temperature Chart?
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Using this chart, beef steaks should be cooked until the minimum internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. A thermometer is used to check the temperature. The beef steaks also should rest for 3 minutes before serving them. Different meat products have different minimum temperatures.

Cooking food to the minimum internal temperature can prevent people from becoming sick with a food-borne illness. For example, eating undercooked chicken can cause a foodborne illness due to the bacterium called campylobacter. There are many other bacteria that can make people sick if they eat undercooked foods.

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