Toronto Restaurants Serve Up Controversial Pork


TORONTO — Pork is being served rare at Toronto’s Bar Isabel and Black Hoof, and the Toronto Star is raising attention to the issue that serving the meat could result in a fine of $5,000 for each day it’s served in accordance with Ontario food regulations.

“When it comes to super-high quality pork, the only way you do it justice is by serving it like this.” said Grant van Gameren, chef and owner of Bar Isabel to the Star. Gameren sources his acorn-fed pigs from a Spanish farm. “I believe you can eat anything raw as long as it’s a well-raised, clean slaughtered animal.”

Ontario Food Regulations state that pork must be cooked to an internal temperature of 71°C for a minimum of 15 seconds before being served to patrons. Uncooked meat could harvest salmonella and trichinella worms, which is extremely rare but possibly fatal.

At this time, both restaurants will continue to serve the dish. []


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