What is a food cooking temperature chart?

A food cooking temperature chart is a ready reckoner of the minimum cooking temperatures necessary to cook meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables, to make sure that they're safe to consume. Cooking temperatures vary with the type of food cooked. To ensure these temperatures are met, the U.S. government has set guidelines for minimum cooking temperatures and rest times for different foods. Cooked at their respective minimum temperatures, harmful germs that can cause food poisoning are killed.