Safe internal cooking temperatures
Every year, thousands of Canadians get food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or food-related illness). Since harmful contaminants can't be seen, smelled or tasted, it's important that you cook your food to a safe internal cooking temperature to avoid food poisoning. Protect your family by following some simple rules.
Using a food thermometer Checking the temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, and seafood with a food thermometer is the only reliable way to make sure your food has reached a safe internal cooking temperature. Safe internal cooking temperatures vary for different types of foods, so it's important that you know what internal temperature your food needs to reach to be safe to eat.
While there are many types of food thermometers, digital food thermometers are considered the most accurate because they provide instant, exact temperature readings. They are reliable tools that you can use to make sure that your foods reach internal cooking temperatures high enough to eliminate harmful bacteria.
Here are a few tips to follow when checking to see if your food has reached the necessary safe internal cooking temperature:
Internal cooking temperatures... You can't tell by looking
Help protect you and your family from foodborne illness. Use a digital food thermometer to ensure that raw meat, fish and poultry are cooked to a safe internal temperature!
Please print this handy Safe Internal Cooking Temperatures chart and post it on your fridge for quick reference!