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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Where is it safe to eat rare or medium rare steaks?

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    I like my steaks pretty rare but wonder which places it’s OK to order it this way aside from fancy restaurants. What about steaks I buy from Coles?
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  • Hanan Saleh specialises in infant & child nutrition. With additional qualifications from the Royal Hospital for Children in Melbourne Victoria. Hanan can help you with … View Profile

    In general, it is safe to eat whole pieces of meat, such as steaks and roasts, when they're cooked rare. If bacteria is present, they'll usually occur on the surface of the meat, and that's quickly destroyed when the chef, or whoever's cooking it for you, is using heat in the pan. Sausages, hamburger patties and anything that's been prepared and rolled around should be cooked all the way through so that there's no pink meat present. If you're cooking meat from Cole’s, then you need to be using a meat thermometer, which is just found in your local shops. Stick it in the thickest part of the meat. If you're cooking it rare, it should reach 50 degrees, if it's medium rare, 55 degrees, and if it's medium well, then about 60 degrees.

  • Sarah George graduated from Deakin University with a Master of Dietetics. In the following years she has completed further training in paediatric nutrition at the … View Profile

    It is generally safe to eat rare or medium-rare steaks at most restaurants, as long as they have followed safe food practices when cooking and preparing the meat.  Where you buy your steaks from is less important than following safe food practices.  This includes things such as keeping rare meats and cooked foods separate to avoid cross-contamination, making sure to cook your meat at the correct temperatures (using a meat thermometer can help you do this), and promptly refrigerating uneaten cooked meat at less than 5 degrees Celsius so it remains free from bacteria

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