USA - Pork gets medium-rare nod

Pork producers received long-awaited news today when the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a new guideline that pork can be consumed safely when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, followed by a three-minute rest time.
Friday 27 May 2011 (6 years 11 months 28 days ago)
Pork producers received long-awaited news today when the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a new guideline that pork can be consumed safely when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, followed by a three-minute rest time.

The guideline is 15 degrees F lower than previously recommended and mirrors cooking guidelines for other meats. It means that consumers can cook pork to medium-rare and enjoy juicier and more tender pork, which likely will be supportive to demand.

The FSIS recommendation applies only to pork whole-muscle cuts such as chops, loins and roasts; ground pork, like all ground meats, should be cooked to 160 degrees F and checked for doneness using a digital meat thermometer, according to the announcement issued by the Pork Board.

The recommendation evolved from checkoff-funded research that began in 2007 that determined how various cooking temperatures affected consumer eating preferences and that found that pork cooked to 145 degrees F is safe, the announcement explained.

The recommendation reflects advances in pork nutrition and safety in recent years, the announcement said, noting that, on average, most common cuts of pork are now 16% leaner than 20 years ago and have 27% less saturated fat.

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