Food Safety Quiz
To increase your meat and poultry
safety IQ further, please read more about the answers to the questions
1. The food safety danger zone is between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F.
TRUE. Bacteria multiply much faster when held between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F.
2: If a hamburger is no longer pink in the middle, it is safe to eat.
FALSE. Color is not an accurate indicator of doneness.
Always use a digital food thermometer to check the temperature.
3. Turkey burgers and hamburgers should be cooked to the same internal temperature.
FALSE Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees F while
poultry burgers should be cooked to 165 degrees F.
Muscle cuts like steak or roasts can be eaten rare or medium rare.
TRUE. Muscle cuts that have not been ground or pierced are sterile in the middle. Searing the outside of a steak and cooking the inside to a temperature of approximately 140-145 degrees F is safe.
5. Frozen meat and poultry can be defrosted on the
FALSE Defrost meat overnight in the refrigerator, microwave
or in cold water. Meat can enter the temperature “danger zone” when left
on the counter overnight.
6. Pregnant women and others with compromised immune
systems should reheat lunch meats before consuming them.
monocytogenes, a bacterium that thrives in cold environments and is commonly
found is soil, in drains of processing plants and sometimes in consumers’
refrigerators, can survive normal steps to prevent its presence on foods like
lunch meats, hot dogs and unpasteurized soft cheeses. Experts advise
reheating hot dogs and luncheon meats to steaming hot before consuming them
during pregnancy of if you are immunocompromised due to illness or advanced
7. When grilling, it is acceptable to use the plate that
held raw meat to serve cooked meat.
FALSE. Wash any plate, cutting board or utensil that contacted raw meat in hot, soapy water prior to using it with cooked meat products.
8. Use separate cutting boards for produce and
TRUE. A cutting board that held raw meat can contaminate
other foods cut on the surface later. A single cutting board can be used
if it is thoroughly washed in hot, soapy water between uses, but it is smart to
use separate cutting boards.
9. When cooking meat or poultry with a thermometer,
avoid touching any bones, the grill, or the pan with the thermometer.
TRUE. Doing so can affect the accuracy of the reading.
10. Nitrite in cured meats is added for color,
flavor and food safety.
TRUE. Sodium nitrite has been used as a curing ingredient in
meats for hundreds of years to enhance flavor and color and is absolutely
critical in preventing botulism, the most deadly of foodborne
11. People consume more nitrite from vegetables and saliva
than from cured meats.
TRUE. Ninety three percent of human nitrite intake comes from vegetables, which contain nitrate, which is converted to nitrite in the mouth.
Freezing food kills bacteria.
FALSE. Freezing only slows growth, but some
bacteria will survive.
13. You should let unconsumed or leftover meat and poultry
cool before putting it into the refrigerator or freezer.
FALSE It’s important to get your leftovers from dinner into the refrigerator as quickly as possible. Larger portions should be divided into smaller portions and put in shallow, lidded containers to lower the temperature faster. If left out too long, the meat is subject to “danger zone” temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F where bacteria grow rapidly.
14. When cooking meat or poultry, the best place to check
the temperature is the center of the cut.
FALSE The best
place to take the temperature is in the center of the thickest section of the
cut. The thickest part might not necessarily be the center of the
15. The prevalence of the pathogenic bacteria E. coli
O157:H7 on ground beef products has increased in the last decade.
sampling of ground beef shows that E. coli
O157:H7 has decreased 45 percent since 2000.