Developed by: Food Marketing Institute and American Meat Institute in cooperation with National Livestock and Meat Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration*
Cook It Safely
Cook It Evenly
After cooking, refrigerate leftovers immediately. Separate into small portions for fast cooling
To reheat all leftovers. cover and heat to 165 degrees or until hot and steaming throughout.
COLD STORAGE TIMES FOR GROUND MEAT AND GROUND POULTRY
Refrigerator (40 degrees F or below)
|Uncooked ground meat and ground poultry (bulk or patties)||1 to 2|
|Cooked ground meat and ground poultry (hamburgers, meat loaf and dishes containing ground meats).||3 to 4|
|Cool to 40 degrees F within 4 hours.||1 to 2|
Freezer (0 degrees F or below)
|Uncooked ground meat and ground poultry (bulk or patties)||3 to 4|
|Cooked ground meat and ground poultry (hamburgers, meat loaf and dishes containing ground meats)||2 to 3|
INTERNAL TEMPERATURES FOR SAFE COOKING
|Uncooked ground meat||160 degrees F|
|Uncooked ground poultry||165 degrees F|
|All cooked leftovers, reheated||165 degrees F|
For more information about the safe handling and preparation of ground meat and ground poultry, call USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline toll-free at:
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday
For information on educational programs, please call your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.
Bacteria are part of our environment. Where there is food there may be bacteria. Proper food handling and cooking is the best way to prevent food-borne illness.
Generally, most at risk for developing food-borne illness are children, the elderly, and those who have chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.
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