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May 20, 1961

Inspection for Trichinae

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Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington 25, D.C.

JAMA. 1961;176(7):635-636. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200071024

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To the Editor:—  Walters and Shelton, in their joint letter to The Journal, Dec. 31, 1960, pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, under federal meat inspection hog carcasses are not inspected for trichinae. This statement is true; however, federal meat inspection does protect consumers by requiring processors to destroy trichinae in ready-to-eat meat products containing pork. Statements in another paragraph of their letter create the impression that Federal Meat Inspection abandoned the practice of microscopic inspection of pork for trichinae years ago and offered the American housewife only free advice to cook pork products adequately before eating them.Microscopic inspection of some pork for trichinae was made prior to 1906 to comply with import requirements of European countries. Microscopic inspection of pork for trichinae in this country was applied only to hogs intended to be exported, never to pork intended for domestic use. That inspection was stopped in 1906

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