Pork Contamination Concerns After Consumer Reports Study

Dr. Besser discusses the study that found numerous samples of pork contaminated with bacteria.
1:47 | 11/28/12

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big concerns about the pork you're eating. A new study in "consumer reports" found pork chops and ground pork contained bacteria that can make you sick. How worried should you be? Dr. Richard besser is here right now. This is a bacteria called yersinia. "Consumer reports" tested 198 pork samples from 6 states. They found that 70% of those had yersinia on them. Ground pork was at greater risk than the pork chops. This is the dangerous bacteria that can make you sick. The u.S. Department of agriculture are not worried. They say the pork producers council calls this study junk science, designed to scare consumers into purchasing only organic pork. Is this a good study? What should consumers take away from it? "Consumer reports" doesn't give us enough information to evaluate their study. They raise concerns about antibiotics being used in that will make the animals resistant and pass along the bacteria to humans. No question that yersinia causes food poisons. Cook your pork well. Pork should be at 145 degrees. Ground pork to 160. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and other foods. And wash your hands when handling raw meat. Very important, indeed. We're going to turn, now, to a violent home invasion, that

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