NPPC on Swine Flu

The National Pork Producer’s Council press release on swine flu is a great example of succinctly addressing consumers concerns and backing up information with a reliable source. Here it is:

Pork Safe To Eat

Washington, April 26, 2009 – “Pork is safe to eat, and direct contact with swine is not the source of, and U.S. pigs have not been infected with, the hybrid influenza that has been identified in a number of people in the United States and more than 1,300 in Mexico.

“NPPC wants to assure domestic and global consumers about the safety of pork and urges pork producers to tighten their existing biosecurity protocols to protect their pigs from this virus, including restricting public access to barns.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

* People cannot get the hybrid influenza from eating pork or pork products. Most influenza viruses, including the swine flu virus, are not spread by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

* There are no food safety issues related to the hybrid flu that has been identified, according to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

* Preliminary investigations have determined that none of the people infected with the hybrid flu had contact with hogs.

* “This virus is different, very different from that found in pigs.”

* The hybrid virus never has been identified in hogs in the United States or anywhere in the world.

* The hybrid virus is contagious and is spreading by human-to-human transmission.

For more information, visit www.pork.org, www.cdc.gov/swineflu or http://www.usda.gov/2009/04/0131.xml

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