Swine Flu: Can You Still Eat Pork?

Kim Conte
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Here's a question I've been hearing a lot with respect to the swine flu outbreak:

Is it safe to eat pork?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is safe to eat pork and pork products. Here's why...

The WHO reports: "Swine influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derived from pigs. The swine influenza virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 160F, corresponding to the general guidance for the preparation of pork and other meat."

In other words, swine flu is not transmitted through food; rather, the virus is spreading from person-to-person.

For more information about swine flu and facts, be sure to check out Cafe Dara's post in Healthy Living Buzz.

I wonder if this assurance by federal officials will be enough to encourage people to eat pork. What do you think? Will you avoid pork products until more is known about the swine flu situation?


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