Statement From the National Pork Board on Testing of Pigs for H1N1

Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:48pm EDT

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DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The announcement by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture on Friday that tests are being conducted to
determine if three pigs from the Minnesota State Fair in August are the first
confirmed cases of the Novel H1N1 virus in the U.S. swine herd provides an
opportunity to stress three important messages:

    --  Regardless of the outcome of the tests, you cannot get the H1N1 flu
        eating pork. Pork and pork products remain safe to eat and handle.
    --  Scientific studies conducted by the USDA have proven that the H1N1 flu
        is a respiratory virus, not a food-borne illness, and it is not found
        the blood or meat of pigs exposed to the virus.

    --  The two most important steps you can take to protect you and your
        from the H1N1 flu are to wash your hands often with soap and water or
        hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

"I would like to echo the comments of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack," said
Chris Novak, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board. "People
cannot get this flu from eating or handling pork."

SOURCE  National Pork Board

Cindy Cunningham of National Pork Board, +1-515-223-2600, cell,
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