Purpose – The purpose of this research is to increase consumers' use of food thermometers to test the endpoint temperature of small cuts of meats. Design/methodology/approach – The project integrates research, classroom and non‐formal education. Findings – Instant‐read food thermometers were available in >73 percent of USA supermarkets and most were accurate within 1.1°C. Lethality findings include that ground beef patties should either be cooked in a two‐sided grill or turned frequently during cooking. Focus group participants said the primary motivator to food thermometer use was avoidance of foodborne illness. Educational materials positively affected thermometer use among consumers. Practical implications – Behavior change will be facilitated by widespread availability of thermometers, inclusion of endpoint temperatures in recipes, and seeing others use food thermometers. Originality/value – This project develops and delivers information to encourage use of food thermometers to assess endpoint temperature when cooking small meat items.
British Food Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 1, 2006
Keywords: Food safety; Meat; Cooking; Hygiene
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