Pork: Precautionary Note

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Pork must always be well cooked since pigs may suffer infestation by parasites, notably Trichinella spiralis, a species of worm which develops cysts in the flesh of infected animals. If pork is inadequately cooked, the cysts remain viable and pass into humans. A serious illness, trichinosis, may then result. Properly cured raw pork products, such as prosciutto de Parma, are safe because the organism is killed by the curing process.