I know Chinese BBQ Pork is definitely red/pink on the outside extending into the meat somewhat, and I know that the USDA now says that pink pork is safe to eat (another taboo from my youth gone) - but is this package safe? I've seen pink Chinese BBQ pork but not really this pink all the way through. Normal or not?

Chinese BBQ Pork, pink all the way through

  • How was it made? Or where did you buy it from? Jul 10, 2021 at 1:38
  • @AnastasiaZendaya - Bought it packaged from a store (still in its shrinkwrap, as photographed), claimed to be made by that store's deli/meat dept.
    – davidbak
    Jul 10, 2021 at 2:42
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    There is no way we can tell you if this is safe or not, based on the information provided. Additionally, color is not a useful indicator, especially if a cure was added, which is entirely possible. Whether or not this particular product is "normal", would also require more information...and someone with local knowledge.
    – moscafj
    Jul 10, 2021 at 10:46
  • @davidbak Okay... what is the name of the store? Jul 10, 2021 at 12:32
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    ...you could...I would still not be comfortable stating whether or not the product is safe, based on a photo and limited description provided.
    – moscafj
    Jul 10, 2021 at 17:01

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Chinese char siu is commonly colored with red food coloring. It should be safe to eat.

  • The pink color there is clearly not the result of red food coloring (which has dyed the outer bits but not penetrated very far).
    – Sneftel
    Sep 10, 2021 at 17:39

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