USDA Lowers Safe Pork Temperature
Department Adds 3-Minute Rest Time Recommendation
(CNN) -- A bit of pre-Memorial Day culinary news from the United States Department of Agriculture's website - the federal agency is dropping their baseline metric for safe pork cooking from 160°F to 145°F.
"USDA is lowering the recommended safe cooking temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160°F to 145°F and adding a three-minute rest time. The safe temperature for cuts of beef, veal, and lamb remains unchanged at 145°F, but the department is adding a three-minute rest time as part of its cooking recommendations," a statement on the website reads.
"Cooking raw pork, steaks, roasts, and chops to 145°F with the addition of a three-minute rest time will result in a product that is both microbiologically safe and at its best quality," it continuesTake that as an excuse to pig out a few minutes sooner.