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USDA Lowers Pork Doneness Temp: Slightly Pink Is Okay

Pork happy chefs across the nation are rejoicing after the USDA announced it is lowering the recommended doneness temperature for pork to 145, which is the same temperature for beef, veal, and lamb. Meat equality! Ground meat will still be held to a 160 standard and poultry must be cooked to 165, though.

A representative for the National Pork Board said it will take a little while before people are okay with slightly pink pork, "Those myths die hard."

· USDA Lowers Pork's Safe Cooking Temp [AP]
· All Food Safety Coverage on Eater [-E-]
[Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP]

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