Some religions forbid consuming pork products as it is considered to be unclean. Pigs will eat practically anything that is thrown at them, so they are basically scavengers. They will even eat urine, feces and other spoiled foods.
Within 4 hours, the pig has processed the food it has eaten, so therefore the digestive system of a pig will not be able to eliminate toxins. These toxins and poisons are then stored in the fat cells and the organs of the pig. There are also many parasites that are found in pigs, all of which can be directly transmitted to a human being.
Consumer Reports did a study and found that 69%, or nearly 200 samples of pork tested for adulteration with Yersinia erteroclitica, which is a very dangerous microorganism. This will cause fever, cramps, vomiting, and other symptoms. Ground pork has shown to be the worst.
The pork that was tested also tested positive for ractopamine, which is banned in both China and Europe.
The most common illnesses seen in pork includes Taenia solium, which is an intestinal parasite. This will cause appetite loss with tissue contamination. Menangle infection will also cause fevers, chills, and migraines while sweating Trichinella is a roundworm that can cause not only fever, but edema, myalgia, and malaise hepatitis E.
When to comes to preparing pork, the meat should be fully cooked. However, keep in mind that there is not a prepared temperature that will fully decrease the parasites. It is very helpful to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the meat is cooked fully through.
Pork should be cooked at at least 145 degrees F for whole pork and at 160 degrees for ground pork. Always wash your hands after dealing with crude pork and buy pork that has been raised without the use of chemicals and medications.