When Coke Is Poured on Fresh Pork, Do Worms Come Out of It?


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The notion that pouring Coca-Cola over a piece of raw pork causes worms to crawl from the meat is an urban legend. It has no basis in fact.

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Raw pork can harbor the larvae of the Trichinella worm, but it is not a common occurrence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that fewer than 12 cases of trichinosis from pork consumption occurred annually between 1997 and 2001. If a piece of meat happens to be infected with Trichinella worms, pouring a can of Coke on it might cause the worms to crawl out, but most domestically raised pork is reliably free of worms and Coca-Cola itself does not cause worms.

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