Pork producers push back at H1N1 fears

Monday, May 04, 2009

In the wake of fears over the spread of so-called "swine influenza," pork prices have plummeted. In Alberta, Canada, pigs have been quarantined after catching the flu from a farm employee. In Egypt, riot police clashed with pig farmers while trying to stop farmers from slaughtering their own animals. In Iraq, three wild boars at the Baghdad zoo were slaughtered. Swine flu means bad news for pigs and pig farmers, despite loud messages from the World Health Organization and CDC that the flu is not spread by eating pork. The Takeaway talks to Mike Faga, a Human Resources Director with Iowa Select Farms, the largest pig producer in Iowa.

Guests:

Mike Faga

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

Contributors:

Collin Campbell and Noel King

Comments [1]

Leon Freilich

GO ON DOWN

Can't read or hear enough about
The south-of-the-border flu?
Don't bother heading to the E.R.,
Too many ahead of you.

Instead, go to the primary source
--Your luck'll be seven-eleven--
Where Mexican virus bugs have built
Hypochondriac heaven.

May. 04 2009 12:05 PM

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