Originally Posted by PytnPlace
I believe the new slow cookers run at higher temperatures because of concerns over food safety - food being held at too low of a temp for too long.
Paranoia and mass hysteria rule the world these days.
My slow cooker was a wedding gift way back in in 19forgotten, and it still works the same way it did when I took it out of the box. If I set it on low, it cooks slowly, if I set it on high, it cooks quickly, and if I put it on auto, it cooks on high for 30 minutes, then switches to low until I turn it off. I have used it often over the years, both to cook dinner and to bring stuff for potlucks at work, and nobody's died yet. I don't even remember anyone getting sick.