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(HealthDay News) -- Using a food thermometer can help ensure that food is cooked properly, reducing your risk of a food-borne illness.
The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers these suggestions:
Test food with an instant-read thermometer toward the end of its cooking time, but before you expect it to be fully cooked.
Place the thermometer in the thickest area of the food, and make sure it is not touching any bone, gristle or fat.
Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended guidelines to make sure your food is cooked to a safe temperature.
Always use hot water and soap to wash your thermometer before and after each use.