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Pork industry hurt by Swine Flu

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Swine flu outbreak is having a negative impact on pork sales, and pork producers say they are unfairly getting a bad rep.

Pork sales have plummeted even though the exact origin of Swine flu has not been determined and even though pork is safe to eat.

According to the CDC, the new virus is primarily composed of genetic sequences from swine Influenza virus material.

But it also contains human and avian influenza sequences as well.

"According to the CDC there have been no isolations of any virus in any pigs anywhere in the world," said Charles Griffin, VP of GA Pork Producer Association. "And the only way transmission has been human to human contact. There is no danger from eating pork."

The World Organization for Animal Health handles veterinary issues around the world. They suggest the new disease be labeled "North America Influenza."

Again, the illness is not food borne and you can't get it from eating pork.

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