Thursday, July 8, 2010

All cows have equal risk for E.coli

Myth: If your hamburger meat comes from Black Anges cattle you won’t get E.coli, so it’s okay if it’s a little raw.

Answer: Busted!

All types of cattle are at risk for E.coli. It is found on the surface of the meat and gets into it during the meat processing, when it is turned into ground beef. To prevent illness from e-coli: always make sure you cook your ground beef to at least 160 degrees F- use a meat thermometer to be sure; keep food preparation areas clean and free from cross-contamination; and, wash your hands with hot, soapy water, and wash them often!

For more food safety information visit the Missouri Families Food Safety page.

Contributor: Denise Schmitz M.A., R.D., Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extention,

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