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A good meat thermometer will see you safely through barbecue season

Safety at the grill

New research from Safefood has shown that more than four in ten home cooks have burned barbecue meats on the outside which were still raw in the centre, never a good combination. A good meat thermometer can avoid that problem, and will see you through the whole year and not just grill season.

It’s “the one essential” for your barbecue, according to Dr Gary Kearney, interim chief executive of Safefood. “Take ...