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Pork Cooking Temperature Lowered to 145

Pork Is OK Pink

This morning, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a new guideline when it comes to cooking pork. Tenderloin, chops, and roasts are safe to be consumed when they reach a temperature of 145°F. The pork should be allowed to rest for three minutes before eating. It will still be pink, but it will also be succulent and delicious.

The lower pork cooking temp is one that has been practiced by chefs for years. Of the news, Tom Colicchio tweeted, "USDA confirms what chefs have been saying for years Pink Pork is Safe. Temperature 145 down from 160," while chef Michael Symon said, "wish they dropped it 10 more degrees!!" I've always enjoyed pork medium rare, so the news won't really affect my cooking style.

How about you? Are you OK with pink pork?

Source: Flickr User tvol

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GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Doesn't matter to me. Semi-cooked meat scares me. I guess it is because how I was raised.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years
I wouldn't eat it any other way. Dried out, cardboard tasting pork is gross.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 4 years
My bf has been telling me that pink pork is ok but I can't help but freak out when I see the pork is not completely cooked. I will try it out next pork chop night.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years
Thank god - now I can tell my hubby to stop overcooking the pork tenderloin!!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 4 years
That pork looks a little less than 145 but looks perfect to me....who new I was ahead of my time....been cooking it this way for 20 years.....
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
More than OK with it. In fact, that pork in the picture is making me salivate!
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