Lots of us will be grilling over the holiday weekend. 11 News is on your side with tips to keep your family safe.
Foodborne illnesses make one in six Americans sick each year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just come out with updated recommendations on how to cook meats, whether you're grilling outdoors or cooking in the oven. Just remember three temperatures: 145, 160 and 165.
When cooking whole cuts of meat, such as pork, steak, roasts or chops, the new guidelines say that meat can be cooked to 145 degrees. This is new for pork, which used to have a safe cooking temperature of 160.
When cooking ground meats, such as beef, pork, veal or lamb, the recommendations remain the same--160 degrees.
All poultry should be cooked slightly hotter, to a temperature of 165. This includes ground chicken and turkey.
So to ensure that your meat is safely cooked, place a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat. And remember, just because something looks or feels done, doesn't mean it's safe to eat.