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Cooking Safe and Savory Beef

Providing safe food is a top priority for America's cattle farmers and ranchers. Steps taken at every segment of the beef production chain help ensure the safest beef possible. However, consumers can contribute to the safety of their food by following proper in-home food safety practices.

Beef Safety 101: Basic Ground Beef Tips for Consumers
You can help ensure your family’s safe and savory beef experience by taking the right steps at home: 

• Keep beef refrigerated - never thaw at room temperature.
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
• Avoid cross-contamination by separating raw and ready-to-eat foods.

• Always use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of ground beef.
• Insert meat thermometer sideways into the center of the patty.
• Cook burgers to an internal temperature of 160 F.
Storing Leftovers
• Refrigerate cooked foods no later than 2 hours after cooking.
• Reheat leftovers to 165 F throughout.

To learn more on how to safely handle and cook burgers, visit

More information

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