Be Food Safe
Food handling safety risks at home
are more common than most
The four easy lessons of Clean,
Separate, Cook, and Chill can
help prevent harmful bacteria
from making your family sick.
United States Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
that won’t be
— you can’t tell
food is cooked
safely by how
within 2 hours
at 40 °F
Safe Minimum Internal
Boil in water for 5 minutes BEFORE
cleaning, then proceed with cooking.
Fresh or Cook Before Eating
Pork: Chops, Roasts, and Steaks
Beef, Veal, and Lamb: Roasts, Chops,
Ground Beef, Veal, Lamb, and Pork
Rolled, Tenderized, or Scored Cuts of
Beef, Veal, and Lamb
Casseroles / Combination Dishes /
Leftovers (Including Gravy)
Ground Poultry (Turkey and Chicken)
Chicken, Turkey, Duck, and Goose
Stuffing (Cooked alone or in a bird)
Cook food to a safe minimum internal temperature. Use a food
thermometer to check the internal temperature.
When cooking food in a conventional oven, set the oven temperature
to at least 325 °F.
When Cooking At Home
Got Food Safety Questions?
Visit “Ask Karen” at AskKaren.gov
to ask a food safety question
Call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline:
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