Safe Meat Cooking Practices Remain a Mystery to Many
Washington--Approximately 80 percent of adults do not use a thermometer to determine doneness of hamburgers or poultry burgers when cooking, according to new poll results released by the American Meat Institute. Just 19 percent of home cooks use an instant read thermometer to determine that burgers are safely cooked and ready to eat. Nearly three-quarters of adults who cook hamburgers or poultry burgers incorrectly rely on sight to determine doneness; 57 percent incorrectly rely on cooking time (percentages add up to more than 100 because respondents could select more than one answer).
The numbers are even more dismal for adults between the ages of 18 and 34, many of whom prepare food for small children at home. Only 13 percent of them use a thermometer to determine when hamburgers or poultry burgers are properly cooked.
Just 20 percent of adults surveyed were aware that hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for safe consumption; about 40 percent mistakenly believe that hamburgers should be cooked to a temperature less than 160 degrees F.