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Survey takes temperature of food-safety knowledge
DENVER (CNN) -- A survey reveals that most Americans still don't know many food-safety basics, such as the importance of using a meat thermometer to test doneness.
"Use of an instant-read thermometer to determine doneness of meat and poultry is one of the best lines of defense against foodborne bacteria," said J. O. Reagan, executive director of research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "Raising the awareness of proper cooking and handling of all foods is an important effort for consumer safety."
In a telephone survey of 1,002 adults, the association's market-research firm found:
Instant-read thermometers cost $6 to $12 and usually are available near the meat case in local supermarkets. Instant-read thermometers should read the meat's temperature in about 15 seconds and are not designed to stay in the food during cooking.
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