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Advice for Caterers on Serving Burgers that are Safe to Eat

Thursday, 26 July 2018

When cooking and serving minced meat burgers, cook them fully to guarantee any harmful microorganisms present, e.g. bacteria, are destroyed.

Everybody running a food business has the same legal obligation – to sell or serve food that is safe to eat.

Caterers should not serve, offer or advertise undercooked or ‘pink’ burgers.

Fully cooked means cooked to a temperature of 75°C in the core (i.e. thickest part) of the food, or to an equivalent temperature-time combination provided in this factsheet.

Colour is not a reliable indicator of thorough cooking.

Failure to serve minced meat burgers that are safe to eat can make people seriously ill and leave a food business operator open to legal action.