Bacteria in ground beef

By Ashley Welch CBS News August 24, 2015, 1:41 PM

From burgers to tacos to chili, Americans love their ground beef. Over the past year, Americans purchased 4.6 billion pounds of beef to cook at home, and half of it was in ground form. That’s up 8 percent from just a decade ago.

While ground beef is convenient and often inexpensive, numerous reports show it can harbor bacteria that can cause serious illnesses, especially when the meat is undercooked. Now, new research from Consumer Reports highlights just how risky it can be to eat ground beef that’s not cooked properly to the standard internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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