May we suggest well done – If a server asks if you want your pork chops prepared rare, medium-rare or well done, it’s safer to choose the latter. Attention: Backyard barbequers’that goes for babybacks, too. ‘Undercooked pork, which has an internal temperature less that 155 degrees Fahrenheit, may still carry a parasitic agent that causes food-borne illnesses,’ said Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, clinical assistant professor in clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million people suffer food-borne illnesses each year in the United States, accounting for 325,000 hospitalizations and more than 5,000 deaths. Undercooked pork may result in a food-borne illness called trichinosis, which may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, muscle soreness and pain and swelling around the eyes. ‘Eating pork or any other type of meat red near the bone is not a good idea,’ Vaclavik added.