Originally Posted by Wade
It comes down to understanding the differences between real potential hazards compared with the ultra conservative commercial safety food preparation requirements. I am a food safety supervisor and prepare food products commercially (as do many others on here) and in every case I conform to the letter (USDA / FSA) regarding commercial food preparation and storage. Commercially I would have thrown that piece of pork away.
For home and personal consumption however you can take a more informed approach - and the more you understand about the processes and risks involved the better position you are in to make more informed decisions. Tskar was right to ask the question if he was uncertain and if you are in doubt then yes, it is better to throw it out. However I am with JJ on this - the real risks involved in cooking and eating that piece pork were minimal - far less than would cause me concern eating it. I would also have fed it to my family as I know they are all in good health and none are infants or 85 year old grandmothers.
In my opinion the advice to chuck it out is often given far too quickly, however I do understand the forum position of promoting USDA commercial production guidelines.
Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ
Well...IF there posed a Risk to an 85 year old Grandma...I surely would have said, " Toss the Meat. " But I don't need to ask who is eating this meat KNOWING there is no issue here. There is a greater risk of Burning the House Down SMOKING this meat than getting Sick eating it!...JJ
Exactly my point, I would have no problem cooking it and eating it but we don't know the posters intent so if it is implied that it should be ok without further questioning were not being thorough enough. What ifs start to pop up, like what if the loin wasnt submerged, was the loin trimmed or cut. Was the cure/brine hot/cold/room temperature. Was it exposed.
Hey, you guys are the experts and know all the technical stuff.
And my post was a "choice" not one sided, but I feel if the person is told yeah it's ok This may make them more comfortable the next time something like this happens.
I'm not arguing because I would not toss it either but I can't in good conscience say yeah it's safe.
And I definitely won't quote statistics like you have a better chance getting stuck by lightning than getting sick from this loin.
To me there is still doubt, so grandma will not be over for dinner.
But seriously guys, I respect everything you guys said, and again not arguing but just letting the poster know it's his decision and to proceed with caution.