American Meat Institute Says Detection of novel H1N1 in Pigs In Minnesota Was Not Unexpected; U.S. Pork is Safe and Consumers Can Continue to Enjoy With ConfidenceMonday, October 19, 2009
Attribute following statement to J. Patrick Boyle, president and CEO, American Meat Institute
Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National
Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmation
that pigs screened at the 2009 Minnesota
State Fair between August 26 and September 1
were positive novel H1N1 is not unexpected.
The finding does not change the
fundamental fact that
USDA scientists and experts around the world have underscored that novel H1N1 is not a foodborne disease; it is a respiratory infection that does not impact pork safety.
Consumers can continue to enjoy pork as part of a healthy, balanced diet. It is important that consumers take care of their health. An essential part of staying healthy is a eating a balanced diet that includes protein, vitamin and mineral-rich foods like pork.
Additionally, we are confident that our trading partners will remember that several international organizations, including the World Organization for Animal Health, have advised that there is no scientific basis to restrict trade in pork and pork products.”
For more information, visit www.meatsafety.org.
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