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Cooking TCS food

TCS food is food that requires time and temperature control for safety. To reduce pathogens to safe levels, cook TCS food to its minimum internal temperature, and hold that temperature for a specific amount of time.

The temperature differs for each food, but the FDA recommends cooking food to the minimum internal temperatures listed below.


For more information on TCS food, check out our ServSafe Food Safety Program.

*Your operation or local regulatory authority might require different temperatures.

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