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Pork Industry Electronic Statements and Interviews Available

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Pork Board will make audio and video soundbites available from an animal health professional to reassure the public about pork safety amid new reports of a widening influenza outbreak that originated in Mexico.

Audio and video soundbites will be available from Dr. Liz Wagstrom, DVM, MS Dipl ACVPM, Assistant Vice President of Science and Technology at the National Pork Board. Dr. Wagstrom's soundbites will remind the public that pork continues to be a safe, nutritious source of lean protein and full of essential nutrients important for good health.

Media may downlink the video soundbites:

Monday, April 27, 2009: 7:45 PM ET to 8:15 PM ET (CONTROL ROOM 312-377-2704)

Galaxy 19 (C), Transponder 10; Audio at 6.2 and 6.8; Downlink Freq: 3900 (H)

ON PATHFIRE DMG NEWS SYSTEM BEGINNING APRIL 27, 2009 AFTER 8:15 PM ET Story Number AKAM0744; Slug: "Swine Influenza Not Spread By Food"

Media may access the audio soundbites at:

Dr. Wagstrom and other animal and public health officials are available for one-on-one interviews by contacting Cindy Cunningham at the National Pork Board at (515) 210-1263 or between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. central time at 515-223-2600.

Previously, the National Pork Board issued a statement that called attention to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statement posted on its Web site (

"Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products."

The CDC and other health organizations continue to caution that the virus is contagious and is spreading from humans to humans. The CDC has said it has not found any evidence to indicate that any of the illnesses resulted from contact with pigs.

Furthermore, the World Organization for Animal Health said today the flu virus spreading around the world should not be called "swine flu" since no pig was found ill and the virus also contains avian and human components.

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