USDA: Pork is safe at lower cooking temperatures

05/24/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Pork is safe at a cooking temperature of 145 degrees rather than the previously recommended 160, the Department of Agriculture said this week, a change that's not really news to most chefs. "Finally, people from the USDA start cooking themselves, and they realize that if you have a lean piece of meat it gets tough and dry," at the higher temperature, said chef Jacques Pepin.

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