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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Pork

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PorkOne of the most commonly consumed meat worldwide is pork. Like other foods, it can get spoilt by contamination of microbes. The health effects of eating rotten pork is  food poisoning which can range from mild or severe. It is best that steps are taken to prevent this from happening in the first place. Food safety principles are in place that serve as guidelines to help understand spoilage issues as well as learn about the symptoms of food poisoning. Let us look at some of the some basics now.

Causes Of Spoilage

  • Raw and undercooked pork harbours many bacteria which will grow at suitable temperatures and spoil the meat.

  • If pork sausages and ham are not stored at low temperatures, it leads to spoilage.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Pork

  • Cross contamination can result in processed pork being contaminated with listeria bacteria. It can cause infection of the blood and the membranes covering the brain. It is fatal in pregnant women as it may cause a miscarriage.

  • E coli is present in impure water and can get transferred to the pork from the field or during cooking. It causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

  • Undercooked minced pork may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria which can result in extreme fatigue, nausea, fever and headache. Watery stools increase risk of dehydration.

  • Staphylococcus can grow on under cooked pork. It can cause infection of the blood and pneumonia. Untreated the person may go into shock and have a heart failure. 


Tips To Identify Rotten Pork

  • Make sure the meat is firm and has a healthy pinkish color.

  • The fat around the meat should be minimum.

  • Buy only pork that is USDA 'utility' grade.

  • Do not buy if there is an off odor or darkening of color.

Enjoy healthy and flavourful pork by following the above guidelines. Remember safety comes first.


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Pork