Food Safety

Understand food safety and keep your experience premium

Like all perishable foods, AngusPride® premium beef must be handled, stored and prepared properly to avoid spillage and to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Follow these standard guidelines for food safety to keep your Angus dishes up to standard.

Your food safety to-do list

  • Refrigerate or freeze beef as soon after purchasing as possible.
  • If refrigerating, place beef in the meat compartment or the coldest part of the fridge.
  • Do not defrost beef at room temperature; defrost in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Avoid cross-contamination by thoroughly washing cutting boards, utensils and hands after handling raw meat.
  • Allow 12 to 24 hours to defrost steaks, depending on thickness.
  • Allow 4 to 7 hours per pound to defrost large roasts or thick, compact pot roasts.
  • Allow 3 to 5 hours per pound to defrost small roasts or thin pot roasts.
  • Cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F.
  • Refrigerate leftovers after serving, within 2 hours after cooking.
Recommendations courtesy of the Cattlemen's Beef Board.