Proper handling and thoroughly cooking foods of animal origin such as beef, pork, poultry, or pre-packaged uncooked foods, reduces the risk of foodborne illness.
For your protection, please follow these safe handling instructions:
1. Keep refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave.
2. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Wash working surfaces such as cutting boards, utensils, and hands after touching raw meat and poultry.
3. Food safety recommends cooking meat to an internal temperature of 73.8 °C (165 °F) when measured by a thermometer.
4. Keep hot foods hot. Refrigerate leftovers immediately or discard.
Individuals with certain health conditions may be at higher risk if these foods are consumed raw or uncooked. Please consult your physician or public health official for further information.