Temperature control is a critical aspect of food safety at home or in businesses. The basic guidelines are:
- Cold foods must be maintained at 41°F or less
- Eggs for immediate service, must be cooked to 145°F or above for
- Chopped or ground meat, must be cooked to: 155°F or above for
15 seconds, or 150°F or above for one minute, or 145°F or above
for three minutes.
- Poultry, stuffed food products, stuffing containing fish, meat or
poultry must be cooked to 165°F or above for 15 seconds.
- Foods cooked in a microwave must be cooked to 165°F. The
product must be covered, and rotated or stirred during the cooking
process. After cooking, allow two minutes stand time before serving.
- Hot food, once cooked, must be maintained at 140°F or above.
- Foods must be cooled from 140°F to 70°F within two hours and
from 70°F to 41°F within an additional four hours. The goal is to
cool foods as quickly as possible.
- Food that is reheated must reach a minimum internal temperature
of at least 165°F for 15 seconds. Reheating must be done rapidly
and the minimum temperature must be reached within two hours.
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