There’s been a ton of talk about H1N1 Influenza — known as “swine flu” — and the 109 cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, name or no name, unless you keep kosher or are a vegetarian, pigs are still completely safe to eat, officials say.

“Many misconceptions relating to pigs have surfaced,” said Dennis Wolff, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture. “Pork products are safe to consume and living near or working on a hog farm is not a threat to human health.”

Here in Massachusetts, officials have released a fact sheet that says, among other things, that swine flu is nothing new. We’re just seeing an increased number of infections this year.

Your pork is still safe to eat. Don’t throw it away or boycott it.

Swine flu is like any other flu — stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands religiously, drink fluids, get rest, and see the doctor if you start developing symptoms.

But pork is still the other white meat.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

One Response

  1. Truby

    Pork maybe safe to eat but it is still one of the unclean meats according to the Bible. To each its own but, I think we should still stay away from it.


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