Cooking Temperature Basics

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One way to stay safe is to make sure you’re cooking foods to the right temperatures. Cook all food to these minimum internal temperatures, and always use a food thermometer to confirm they are done. (You may choose to cook food to higher temperatures based on personal preference.)

Cooking Temperature Chart
If you have a question about meat, poultry or egg products, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll free at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). The Hotline is open year-round Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET (English or Spanish). Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Check out the Food Safety Inspection Service’s website at