May 7, 2009 / 3:21 PM / in 9 years

WHO says no infection risks from eating pork

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said Thursday that pork was safe to eat and that existing sanitary and animal health checks were sufficient to safeguard the food supply against the H1N1 virus.

“Eating pork is not a danger in terms of getting this infection,” Keiji Fukuda, acting WHO assistant director-general, told a news conference in Geneva.

As many as 20 governments have restricted pork imports from Mexico and other flu-affected countries in response to fears about the new strain, which scientists say is a mixture of swine, avian and human flus.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Jonathan Lynn; Writing by Laura MacInnis

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