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What do you know about pork?

There are so many things to know about both pigs and pork. Perhaps some of these little known facts provided by will surprise you!

--The Pork Be inspired brand campaign was launched this year to reach more than 82 million Americans who already cook, eat and love pork.

--Pork tenderloin is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast, and it contains slightly fewer calories than the same size serving of a skinless chicken breast.

--When hot dogs were first introduced at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, they were called "red hots." These red hots were served with white gloves, instead of a bun, to keep fingers cool while eating.

--For juicy and tender pork, cook the meat until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF, let it rest for three minutes and it is ready to serve.

--Pigs first came to the American mainland in 1539, brought by Spanish Explorer Hernando de Soto.

--China, not America, is the No. 1 producer and consumer of fresh pork in the world.

--The longest sausage in the world is recorded at 6,643-foot-long (or 2,025-meter). Turija holds the Guinness Book World Record for longest sausage, and each year, the town breaks the record by a centimeter, according to Balkaninsight.com.

--On average, the six most common cuts of pork are 16 percent leaner than 20 years ago, and saturated fat has dropped 27 percent.

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