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Published May 02, 2009, 03:19 AM

Editorial: Don't punish hog farmers

Pay no attention to that person in the grocery store questioning why pork is for sale.

By: R-E Editorial Board, The Republican Eagle

Pay no attention to that person in the grocery store questioning why pork is for sale.

The so-called swine flu is an airborne disease, not food borne. Health experts have made that plainly clear.

America’s “Other White Meat ‘ — products from ham to pork chops, bacon to pork loin — are safe, and they are good for you.

We understand and empathize with local farmers and grocers taking umbrage with the term “swine flu.” The virus is a hybrid of swine, avian and human influenzas.

Technically it’s called N1H1. The World Organization for Animal Health prefers to call this North American influenza, where that’s where it first broke out, which the travel industry doesn’t like either.

The term swine flu, however, likely will stick. The only way people can help combat the damage to Midwest hog farmers is to keep eating that tasty pork.

Fire up the grill today.

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