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Thursday 7th May 2009
Can you get Swine Flu from Pork?

As media coverage of the possible swine flu pandemic increases, many people are worried about possible infection through the consumption of pork products. Well the short answer is no, there is no scientific link between eating pork or pork products and contracting the disease. It can only be caught in the same way as normal flu, i.e. close contact with an infected animal or person. In fact the common name "swine flu" is actually a misnomer. The disease is in fact a combination pig, bird and human flu. It seems that pigs are fast becoming the scapegoat for this latest outbreak.

These facts do not change the fact that the pork farming industry in Mexico and the US is suffering huge losses as a result of many countries restricting pork imports. These restrictions could even spread to Canada. The source of the epidemic is yet to be discovered, although many are pointing the finger at intensive factory farming methods in Mexico and even China.

Comments (2)

Carmen said, 10th May 2009 @ 22:59
I've overheard women in tescosproclaiming they won't buy pork any more. It doesn't matter if you tell people the facts, they'll still be too cautious to eat pork.  
Kelly Brown said, 12th Jun 2009 @ 19:48
Hi, very nice post. I have been wonder'n bout this issue,so thanks for posting  

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