You Can Cook Pork and Have It Taste Good Too!

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The USDA issued new pork cooking guidelines that allow for pork to be cooked at a lower temperature that has traditionally been done in the past. The new recommended temperature is 15 degrees less than previously recommended, resulting in pork being pinker than most cooks are accustomed to.

"Our consumer research has consistently shown that Americans have a tendency to overcook common cuts of pork, resulting in a less-than-optimal eating experience," said Dianne Bettin, a pork producer from Truman, Minn., and chair of the Checkoff's Domestic Marketing Committee. "The new guidelines will help consumers enjoy pork at its most flavorful, juicy - and safe - temperature."