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Doctors warn: Health risk from pig fat


Children, the elderly and pregnant women should avoid pork fat
Most people are aware that there are many germs in raw poultry meat. But even when eating raw pork, there is a risk of becoming infected with Salmonella. Some people should therefore stay away from it.

Health risk from Mett
While it's not for everyone, many people love raw pork in the form of mett. For example as a topping for the breakfast roll or as a Mettigel for the cold buffet. However, eating such foods can be a health hazard. Only recently has been warned of possible hepatitis E infections from the consumption of raw meat products such as Mett or minced meat. A current report shows that there is also a risk of getting infected with Salmonella when consuming raw pork.

Pork is a major source of infection
As the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) reports in a recent communication, it was determined in the context of the zoonoses monitoring in 2015 that "pork is still a significant source of infection for people with salmonella due to the partly usual raw consumption".

"For this reason, raw minced meat and raw sausage products are not suitable foods for sensitive consumer groups such as small children, older and immunocompromised people and pregnant women," warn the experts.

Salmonella can be a health hazard
Salmonella are bacteria that can cause various diseases in humans, especially in the gastrointestinal area. After eating contaminated food, symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting can occur. (ad)

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