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Minimum safe internal temperatures for meat

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says meats should be cooked to the following minimum internal temperatures. To take the temperature of a cut of meat, insert an instant-read thermometer at the thickest part of the meat without touching bone.

Though many recipes for smoking food call for maintaining grill temperatures as low as 200 F, the government says the temperature in smokers should be maintained between 250 F to 300 F.

Beef hamburgers: 160 F

Beef, veal and lamb (steaks, roasts and chops): For medium rare 145 F, for medium 160 F

Poultry: 165 F

Pork: 160 F

Hot dogs and other fully cooked meats: 165 F

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