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15 of the Most Dangerous Foods on the Planet

Reader's Digest Logo By Krista Carothers of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 15: This seems like a broad category, we know. But 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illnesses originate in meat and poultry, according to outbreak data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And overall, pathogens in food are a bigger killer than allergens or toxic chemicals—the CDC estimates that about one in every six Americans gets sick from food each year, and around 3,000 of those people die. Make sure your meat and poultry are cooked to appropriate temperatures (145 degrees for cuts of beef and pork, 160 for ground meat, and 160 degrees for poultry). Find out exactly how long you can safely store meat in your fridge.

Meat and poultry

This seems like a broad category, we know. But 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illnesses originate in meat and poultry, according to outbreak data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And overall, pathogens in food are a bigger killer than allergens or toxic chemicals—the CDC estimates that about one in every six Americans gets sick from food each year, and around 3,000 of those people die. Make sure your meat and poultry are cooked to appropriate temperatures (145 degrees for cuts of beef and pork, 160 for ground meat, and 160 degrees for poultry). Find out exactly how long you can safely store meat in your fridge.
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