World Health Organization Assures Pork Is Still Safe To Cook

Posted by on Apr 28

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pigs-swine-fluYes, it's still safe to have pork on tonight's dinner menu.

As most have probably heard by now, the so-called "swine flu" epidemic has caused a lot of ruckus since its discovery hit the media with full force. Over one hundred deaths in Mexico have occured due to this particular flu strain, and others have already been confirmed infected in the UK. Many are predicting a shift in the global import/export economy due to the recent restrictions placed on international pork trade.

But the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the flu is not spread by eating infected pork. As long as pork products are cooked to 160 degrees F, or 70 degrees C, all potential bacteria and viruses will be eliminated.

Ironically, though, this "swine flu" shouldn't even be called what it is. It also contains strains of avian and human influenza. Furthermore, no pig has been found infected with the disease thus far.

So while much ado is created in the press over this newfound virus, don't let it give you cause for consternation. Instead, let it serve as a reminder to all of us that the food we put into our bodies isn't something to treat lightly, or to take for granted. Cooking meat should always be exercised with just the right amount of both carefree artistry and caution. As long as that's the case, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Source: Yahoo! News UK

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