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National Pork Board Provides Facts About the Origin of the Flu Outbreak

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The flu virus infecting humans has not been identified in hogs in the United States or anywhere in the world.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said, "At this time, there is no evidence that this influenza subtype is present in pigs in the United States or anywhere in the pig herd in the world."
  • The CDC has also said it has found no evidence to indicate that any of the human illnesses resulted from contact with pigs.
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has said, "We have no indication that any swine from the United States has been infected."
  • The World Animal Health body has said, "The virus has not been isolated in animals to date."

Modern pork production practices are designed to protect both animal and human health.

  • Animals are housed in temperature-controlled facilities that are scientifically designed to ensure the health and safety of the herd.
  • Modern pork production practices keep the animals clean, safe and protect the animals from predators, disease and extreme weather.

Pork and pork products are safe.

  • According to the CDC, "Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You cannot get this flu from eating pork or pork products."
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has said, "It is important to convey the message that consuming pork or pork products will not cause and cannot cause the illnesses that we are dealing with."
  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has said, "Pork and pork products are safe and there are no basis for restricting imports. You should also know that you cannot get H1N1 from eating pork. Pork products are perfectly safe."

SOURCE National Pork Board
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