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Tips To Identify Rotten Pork

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All meats are prone to getting spoilt if not stored in ideal condition and pork is not exception. However, it is even more important to detect rot in this meat, since, rotten pork can be seriously injurious to your health and lead to several life threatening infections like trichinosis and cysticercosis. Here are some tips to identify rotten pork, so that you and your family eat safe always:


 


1) Check Package


 


If you are buying packed pork, it is always a good thing to check the date of packaging on the packet. This will give you an idea of how fresh or bad the pork is. In case you are buying it unpackaged, buy pork from a trustworthy store only, where you are sure, you will not be deceived.


 


2) Check the Smell


 


Fresh pork will emanate very little odor. However, if the pork is smelling of ammonia or something you cannot recognize, it is not fresh and probably is rotting. You can make an exception in case of pork packed in vacuum condition because that smell will go away once you open the packet and rinse the meat.


 


3) Check the Texture


 


On touching, the pork should be firm and moist. If you touch something sticky, slimy or exceptionally hard, then the pork has gone bad. Throw it away.


 


4) Check The Color


 


Fresh pork is just greyish-pink in color while the rotten pork would be brown or dark grey, therefore should be discarded. Also in case of marbling, which is presence of fat inside the meat, it should always be white. In case you find yellow or grey marbling, that also means that the pork is too old.


 


Pork is a good source of protein along with Vitamin B, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, and Zinc. With so many health benefits associated with it, you would not want to eat rotten pork because that would rob the meat off all its health benefits. Therefore, always keep these tips handy and eat safe.


 


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