Microwaves that heat unevenly: food safety problems?

Consumer Reports latest tests of microwaves found few models that evenly cooked food — thus leaving some portions undercooked, with potential dangerous pathogens. You might not even know you’re eating undercooked food.

An estimated 76 million cases of foodborne illness occur annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are only 313 million people in the U.S., implying that potentially one third of the U.S. population has a foodborne illness at least once a year.

Consumer Reports recommends:

  • If cooking directions suggest letting food stand for a few minutes, allow it. The additional minutes allow the heat to spread throughout the food and continue the cooking process.
  • Consider stirring the food, such as halfway through the microwaving process. It will help distribute the warmth and help to ensure even cooking.
  • If your microwave has a lower wattage rating, you may need to cook your food longer. Be careful to compare the directions with that wattage of your microwave.

(Microwaves that heat unevenly can pose food safety problems)