Ziploc says cook your burger to 125F for rare (and pathogens)

I love Pinterest (and pinned a few things at especially when people get into the food safety world.Pinterest Burgers

Kinsey Porter, one of the folks on the news team behind barfblog showed me this picture (right, exactly ask shown), that she saw on Pinterest this week: Ziploc’s attempt to teach the world how to cook a hamburger.

Except all the suggestions, save one, go against science-based messages. Cooking burgers below 155F for 15 seconds, or 160F = risky burgers.

Ziploc’s parent company SC Johnson say that they are all about families – they might want to provide info on how to keep families safe from foodborne illness. And stick to bags and containers.


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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.