Our expert says:
Dear Mr/Mrs Saayman
Probably the most serious condition related to eating pork meat, bacon or ham, is development of tape worm infections. However, nowadays all pork carcasses are inspected for tape worm and other infestations and any carcass that is found to be contaminated is destroyed. If you buy pork or cured pork products from unreliable sources (for example uninspected meat), then the possibility may exist that you could develop tape worm infection if the pork you eat is not thoroughly cooked. The tape worm problem is probably one of the reasons for the Biblical and Muslim ban on eating pork. Make sure that you purchase your pork products from reputable butchers and supermarkets and there should be no problem.
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