Pork that is whole, like roast or loin chops is completely cooked at 145 degrees Fahrenheit, but ground pork needs to be cooked to a temperature of 160 F. Whole pork needs to rest 3 minutes after it achieves the ideal temperature before carving or serving the meat.
Cooking meat to the proper temperature kills any germs that could cause illness. Without meat cooking to the correct temperatures, someone eating it left open to trichinosis, sometimes commonly called roundworm, along with salmonella, staph and listeria. Cooking meat to the recommended temperatures will kill these bacteria and make the meat safe to eat. It is a good idea to make sure all meat and eggs, no matter what kind is cooked to the proper temperature.