U.S. Pork is Safe and Not a Source of Influenza

Monday, April 27, 2009

“Although news of influenza infections in people in Mexico and the U.S. and a handful of other countries is unsettling, the fact remains: U.S. pork is safe. Consuming pork has not been associated with human illnesses caused by this virus.

Public health officials around the globe – from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the World Health Organization ─ are stressing this fact. At this point, the influenza risk is a human health issue. Although this particular virus could affect swine, it has not been reported in pigs. Media reports showing images of pigs are creating a false impression that is generating needless alarm and concern regarding the safety of pork.

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