With summer approaching and many family vacations and backyard barbeques it’s important to be educated and to keep everyone safe from foodborne illnesses. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reminds consumers to use a food themometer to ensure meat and poultry is cooked to the correct internal temperature. We met with Regional Extension Agent Marchale Burton who tells us why it is important to use a thermometer when cooking. Burton also says that beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees and poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees. When checking the temperature of your meat place the thermometer in the thickest part, to insure an even temperature throughout the meat.