Bird Flu and Cooking

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

For people squirmy about the thought of bird flu and how it might affect food, the government is out with some cooking advice.

The US Agriculture Department says cooking poultry to a temperature of 165 degrees will kill bird-flu virus, or any other kind.

The department's undersecretary for food safety says it's always offered "doneness" advice but has never before spelled out what it takes to kill viruses and bacteria that may lurk in poultry.

But, with all the bird-flu concern, the Ag Department decided now would be a "wonderful time" to educate everybody on the need to handle poultry properly and make sure it's cooked to the right temperature.

There have been no recorded cases of bird flu in the US, but experts think it will probably reach US shores by the end of the year.


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