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Why do I have to take temperatures of the foods I cook? Why can't I just look at the color of the meat?

The color of cooked meat is not a good determinate of its doneness. Some meat remains pink after cooking to the proper temperature. Conversely, some meat turns brown before a safe temperature is reached. Only by using a food thermometer can you determine that the meat is safe to eat.

For more information on cooking meat, see "How Can I Make Sure My Meat is Fully Cooked?"




Shannon Crosby, Dietetic Intern, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services






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