Status: Baseline only


Increase the proportion of consumers who follow the key food safety practice of "Cook: cook to the safe internal temperature"

Baseline: 42.0 percent of consumers correctly followed the recommendation to use a food thermometer when cooking meat and poultry in 2016

Target: 47.0 percent

Target Setting Method
Percentage point improvement

Data Source: Food Safety Survey, FDA


Making sure meat, poultry, and other foods are fully cooked is an important way to improve food safety. Using a food thermometer helps make sure foods reach an internal temperature high enough to kill harmful germs. Educating people about the importance of using a food thermometer when cooking is critical for preventing diseases caused by contaminated food.

Workgroup: Food Safety Workgroup