H1N1 (“Swine”) Flu & Pork Safety

Bacon.  Breakfast Sausage.  Ham.  Pork Chops. Fear not my pigmeat loving friends, you cannot “catch” H1N1 (alternatively known as “Swine”) flu from eating pork or pork products.  Interestingly, however, some countries still refuse to import U.S. pork because of this inaccurate, protectionist fear.

Influenza viruses are not known to be transmissible through processed pork or other products from pigs, as reaffirmed by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United States Department of Agriculture.