Tuesday, May 24, 2011

(FINALLY) FDA Lowers The Temp Recommendation on Pork: Don't Fear the Pink

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 - "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating its recommendation for safely cooking pork, steaks, roasts, and chops. USDA recommends cooking all whole cuts of meat to 145 °F as measured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allowing the meat to rest for three minutes before carving or consuming.

This change does not apply to ground meats, including ground beef, veal, lamb, and pork, which should be cooked to 160 °F and do not require a rest time. The safe cooking temperature for all poultry products, including ground chicken and turkey, remains at 165 °F.

'With a single temperature for all whole cuts of meat and uniform 3 minute stand time, we believe it will be much easier for consumers to remember and result in safer food preparation,' said Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen. 'Now there will only be 3 numbers to remember: 145 for whole meats, 160 for ground meats and 165 for all poultry.'


The new cooking recommendations clarify long-held perceptions about cooking pork. Historically, consumers have viewed the color pink in pork to be a sign of undercooked meat. If raw pork is cooked to 145 °F and allowed to rest for three minutes, it may still be pink but is safe to eat.


Appearance in meat is not a reliable indicator of safety or risk. Only by using a food thermometer can consumers determine if meat has reached a sufficient temperature to destroy pathogens of public health concern. Any cooked, uncured red meats – including pork – can be pink, even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature."

For details, please read the full article from FDA.

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Angela said...

You're it!


Darcy@SomewhatMuddledMusings. said...

And for those of us who were already cheating it...don't have to panic anymore! :D

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