Many hog farmers in the area took a double take when they saw a recent study done by Consumer Reports.
"Well certainly this is a concern," Jim Quackenbush, a pork producer said. "When there is an article like this, we have to set the facts straight."
The analysis by Consumer Reports said that 69% of pork contains bacteria that can cause stomach illness or fevers.
Many hog farmers that spoke with KSFY News said that if the consumer cooks the meat to the right temperature and makes sure to wash their hands or utensils after touching raw pork, they will be just fine.
Another issue with the study pork producers had was the time it was issued.
The holiday season is a time hog farmers see a boost in their product and they look to sell more pork product.
Quackenbush encourages people to just be careful with the product and enjoy it.
"I would encourage people to enjoy that pork in the holiday season. It is nutritious, it is wholesome, and it is great tasting." Quackenbush said.
When cooking pork, whole muscle cuts need to be cooked at 145 degrees, while ground pork at 160 degrees.
Also be sure to wash with soap and water any product or body part that comes in contact with raw meats.
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