So the recent question I had about my chicken pot pie got me thinking. I recently picked up a Marie Callendar’s personal frozen fettucini alfredo with chicken dinner (yes, I know it’s hideously unhealthy - especially when one’s already eaten an equally unhealthy fast food “treat” for lunch - and yes, I’ve most likely cooked better alfredo myself thanks to the SDMB, but I used to eat the things a little more often in years past, and I felt a random nostalgia).
Reading the instructions startled me; it specifically says that you must cook it to 165 degrees “as measured by a food thermometer in several spots”!
This is something I’d never seen with any other frozen meal before. The chicken looked cooked to me when it was frozen (besides, I doubt they’d toss raw chicken in something whose default suggested cooking time is 7 minutes or so). The only explanation I can think of is that they want something to point to should someone get salmonella from the thing.
But is it really necessary? I know the chances are non-zero, but how good is it, really, especially given all the pre-cooked chicken in freezer sections across the country? Would it really give them absolute protection against lawsuits? And who the heck would use a food thermometer to check a frozen dinner to begin with?
The whole thing just seems ludicrous to me.