Pink Pork?

Discussion in 'Pork Sticky' started by pops6927, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Can Safely Cooked Pork Be Pink?
    Cooked muscle meats can be pink even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature. If fresh pork has reached 145 °F throughout, even though it may still be pink in the center, it should be safe. The pink color can be due to the cooking method or added ingredients. 

    From USDA/FSIS
     
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They have lowered the temp requirement from 160° to 145° - 'bout time!
     
  3. You're right on that, lowering the temp was long overdue.  Much better than freezing for 30 days as the work around to kill off any trichosis that I was aware of.

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  4. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Uh-huh!  I love me a medium rare tenderloin - never been sick.

    I think the change has to do with the way pork is processed today versus 20 years ago....

    can anyone confirm?
     
  5. It's because they are not fed scraps of garbage anymore. Their diet is so to say "pasturized" and mostly grain where as in the old days it was slop ,say from the floor of a slaughter house or other food leftover products and by products.
     
  6. Trichinae are killed in 47 minutes at 125.6° F in 6 minutes at 131° F and in
     
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Plus, trich is in the fat, not the lean, like a tenderloin.
     
  8. crclass

    crclass Newbie

    Not exactly true on the scraps they are fed. The waste from brewing (hopps, barley etc) are still fed to the hog farmers and I won't go into detail on what is fed to the hogs on a very large operation that our relatives own, as you would never eat pork again. Of course they eat a lot of pork and they told me long ago I was over cooking it and it only needed that 145 to be done.
     
  9. slipaway

    slipaway Meat Mopper

    I like my pork a little pink - stays nice and moist.....

    My wife won't touch any pork that is pink. She still remembers her mother telling her that she would get sick and she has never forgotten that.

    Does that mean I eat 30 minutes before her? No, I give her the ends and I take the middle (ha, ha)......

    Unlike beef - pork really does better at low and slow..................
     
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  10. evilhomer

    evilhomer Newbie

    I've been cooking my tenderloins to 145 for a few years now with no issues.  The middle tends to be a little more pink with the ends being less pink, everyone wins.
     

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