USDA lowers pork's safe cooking temp

(AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture islowering its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145degrees.

That's a drop of 15 degrees and a change from the agency'slongstanding guideline. It means pork will be held to the samestandard as beef, veal and lamb.

The USDA made the change after several years of research andtalks with producers and food safety experts. Producers proposedthe new standard in 2008, based in part on new production methodsthat reduced the risk of pathogens.

USDA Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen says a single temperaturefor all cuts of meat should help consumers remember therecommendations.

Despite the new recommendation, the USDA says ground meats muststill be cooked to 160 degrees and all poultry products must becooked to 165 degrees.

USDA tips on cooking meat

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