Chicken breasts: 165°F
Whole poultry: 165°F
Shrimp, lobster and crabs should be cooked until they are pearly and opaque. Clams, oysters and mussels must be heated until the shells open.
If cooked food isn't going to be eaten right away, it still needs to be kept hot. Wrap it in foil and move it away from the direct heat on the grill, or put it in an insulated container that's specifically designated for hot food.
- Fast facts on salmonella
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains. These symptoms may last about four to seven days, and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond and may cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.
Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune symptoms should practice extreme caution, as salmonellosis may lead to severe illness or even death.
- Fast facts on listeria
According to the Food and Drug Administration, listeria is an organism that can cause foodborne illness. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. Pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk and most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.
-- Fast facts on campylobacter
The CDC says that campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Campylobacter. Symptoms usually include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after exposure to the organism and illness typically lasts about one week. In a people with compromised immune systems, the illness occasionally spreads to the bloodstream, causing a serious life-threatening infection.
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