April 27th, 2009 19:52 EST
Pork products are o.k. to eat according to the USDA and NPPC
Swine has long been considered a dirty animal because they are portrayed eating slop and rolling around in the mud, but this portrait simply isn`t true. In fact some media outlets are depicting the swine as the culprit of this virus and are recommending that you avoid eating pork products. Here are some facts that both the USDA and the National Pork Producers Council released this past weekend
# 1. The USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that swine flu viruses are not transmitted by food, so you cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products.
# 2. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement Sunday night. "There is no evidence at this time showing that swine have been infected with this virus."
# 3. "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," according to the National Pork Producers Council released.
The NPPC listed the following, 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 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 you vegans and vegetarians who are taking this epidemic out of context and are spreading mistruths about pork products such as bacon - shame on you. This is a serious situation that has resulted in the death of many people. Please report the facts!
Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock
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