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Published April 30, 2009, 12:33 PM

Centers for Disease Control says eating pork is safe

With the recent outbreak of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, or swine virus, consumers are concerned about the safety of eating pork.

With the recent outbreak of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, or swine virus, consumers are concerned about the safety of eating pork.

"People should not be afraid to buy pork, and to feed their family,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union president. β€œThe Centers for Disease Control says that the H1N1 virus cannot be contracted by eating pork, and that pork is safe. There are plenty of other precautions you can take to not get the virus, but staying away from eating pork is not one of them.”

You can find out more information on the H1N1 virus by going to the CDC website, www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson stated, "At a time when independent hog producers are fighting against a consolidated marketplace, among other challenges, it is paramount accurate information be communicated. U.S. pork products are safe and consumers should continue to be confident in those products.”

Minnesota Farmers Union (www.mfu.org) is a nonprofit membership-based organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers, as well as rural communities.

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