Swine Flu: Can You Still Eat Pork? All Signs Point to Yes


This little piggy ... is safe to eat.

If reports about swine flu and goverments banning pork imports are making you think twice about eating that bacon, don't worry: the World Health Organization (WHO) says swine flu isn't passed through meat and that it is safe to eat pork products. The flu strain in question, H1N1 influenza A virus, is named after swine because it originated in pigs and used to have little effect on humans, but because of recent mutations it has become more harmful to humans, says BBC News.

Although you can still eat pork, you should still be cautious about the disease. The WHO says there's potential for a global pandemic, considering the cases that have popped up in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, and Europe. For more information on cases in the U.S. and how to stay healthy, visit the swine flu page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

During a speech this morning at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama addressed swine flu, saying that while they are closely monitoring cases, it is "not a cause for alarm."

For a little perspective, shouldibeworriedaboutswineflu.com (current answer: "no") lays out statistics comparing the low risk of contracting swine flu to non-swine flu, heart disease, and vehicular deaths.

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