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Health Tip: Using a Food Thermometer

Health Tip: Using a Food Thermometer

02/20/13

(HealthDay News) -- Using a food thermometer can help ensure that food is cooked properly, reducing your risk of a food-borne illness.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers these suggestions:

  • Test food with an instant-read thermometer toward the end of its cooking time, but before you expect it to be fully cooked.
  • Place the thermometer in the thickest area of the food, and make sure it is not touching any bone, gristle or fat.
  • Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended guidelines to make sure your food is cooked to a safe temperature.
  • Always use hot water and soap to wash your thermometer before and after each use.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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