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Sunday, January 24, 2010

USDA Assures US: Pork From Pigs Exposed To H1N1 Safe To Eat

AMI: USDA Research - 01/21/2010 04:12PM

This is just to friggin funny to take serious. USDA says pigs sick with H1n1 safe to eat! Guess I will just run out and see if I can find a H1N1 infected pig carcass to gnaw on......if not, I guess I will have to settle for some other taint in the meat, e coli or salmonella, BSE, Scrappie, CWD, TB, H&M, etc.. AS IF H1N1 were the only animal/food-borne disease we had to worry about in our meat.


Pork from pigs exposed to the H1N1 virus is safe to eat, according to a recent study by the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS).

Researchers noted that sick hogs are not allowed entry into the U.S. food supply as per USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) criteria, but stated that their findings support the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that pork harvested from H1N1-infected hogs is safe to eat.

In this study, non-respiratory tract tissues were analyzed for the virus following infection of the young pigs with the pandemic H1N12009 virus. Researchers found that while the H1N1 virus can induce respiratory disease in hogs there was no evidence for systemic infection that would contaminate meat with the infectious virus, which is consistent with other swine influenza illnesses.

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