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Swine Flu Update: It's Safe to Eat Pork

Swine Flu Update: It's Safe to Eat Pork

AP News Wire

CANBERRA, April 27 AAP – People shouldn’t have any qualms about eating pork because swine flu is not spread through food, according to Australia’s vets.

The Australian Veterinary Association also confirmed on Monday that domestic pigs were safe from the swine influenza because Australia did not import live pigs.

“People should have no qualms about going ahead and eating pork, swine flu is not spread through food,” association president Mark Lawrie said in a statement.

“(And) Australia doesn’t import any pigs, so we’re not not worried about animals getting sick or spreading this disease.”

Dr Lawrie said the real concern was human to human contact with someone who had visited a country dealing with an outbreak of swine flu.

The World Health Organisation says properly handled and prepared pork doesn’t pose any danger.

“The swine influenza virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 70 degrees Celsius, corresponding to the general guidance for the preparation of pork and other meat.”

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