Foodborne pathogens grow well at room temperatures, but are destroyed by heat above 135 degrees F. For an extra margin of food safety, USDA recommends extra cooking time to be sure the food is at an even safer temperature before consumption.
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Most of us know that eating raw meat can make you sick, however did you know how you handle your food can also make you sick? By not properly handling the foods you prepare, you can put you and your family at risk for foodborne illness.