It is well known that many religions regard the pig like an unclean animal. Those people who don’t pursue the faith in question, maybe it seems a little silly. But we are asking if there is really something to that idea that the pig is not clean?
The pigs in the wild are scavengers, and they consume just about anything, including rotting food, feces, carcasses, and also they even have been discovered to chew the tumors off of the other pigs and eat them. The digestive system of this animal is rather impressive, but its digestive system can’t filter out the harmful toxic things that they eat. The digestive system of the pig finishes the food digesting in just 4 hours, so the consumed toxins are stored in the fat. Those toxins might be harmless to the pigs, but for us, that is different.
According to one Consumer Reports investigation made on 200 raw pork examples, 69 percent were contaminated, containing harmful bacteria as the Yersinia enteroclitica that can cause extreme sickness. The ground pork is worse because it contains some other contaminants as the ractopamine, and it is a controversial drug that is banned in Europe and China.
As the report claims, they discovered staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, or Listeria monocytogenes, more usual causes of the foodborne illness, in three to seven percent of the samples, and eleven percent harbored Enterococcus that can show fecal contamination and also can cause issues like urinary tract infections.
The pigs are host to many parasites that can be directly transmitted to the people like the Taenia solium, which is an intestinal parasite that can cause loss of appetite, infection and viruses like Trichinella and Hepatitis E. The badly cooked pork will expose you to many of these problems.
If you consume pork, according to the Consumer Reports:
- When cooking port, you should use a meat thermometer to be sure that it can reach the right internal temperature that kills any potentially harmful bacteria – minimum 160°F for ground pork and 145°F for the whole pork.
- You should keep the raw pork and the juices separate from the other foods, especially if those are eaten raw, like a salad.
- Wash the hands after handling the raw meat.
- Choose meat and other products that were raised without the use of drugs. You can do that by buying certified organic pork, from pigs that are raised without ractopamine or antibiotics.
- Search a statement about the antibiotic use. Look for a “No antibiotics used” claims with the USDA Process Verified shield that are more stable than those that doesn’t have verification. Labels like a “Certified Humane” and “Animal Welfare Approved” show the wise use of antibiotics to treat disease.
- Look for a misleading labels. The label “Natural” has nothing similar with the use of antibiotic or how the animal was raised. They discover unapproved claims on the packages of Sprouts pork that was sold in Arizona and California, including “no antibiotic residues,” and “no antibiotic growth promotants” on the Farmland pork that was sold in many states. They reported in June 2012 to the USDA, and the agency told them that it was cooperating with those companies to take the right actions. When they checked in November, the Sprouts had removed that claim from the packages.