How safe is your ground beef? Consumer Reports on how to avoid harmful bacteria

Today - As Americans prepare for those last few cookouts of summer, a new investigation by Consumer Reports has found concerning levels of bacteria in hundreds of pounds of ground beef from across the country.

"With regard to food safety, we really don't see any differences in those two systems,'' Mindy Brashears, a professor of food microbiology and food safety at Texas Tech, told NBC's Tom Costello on TODAY Monday. "The beef industry in the US is safe. Whether it is a conventionally raised product, an organic or natural product — the consumer can have confidence that they have taken action to make the product safer over the past 10 years."

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