Canada investigates H1N1 flu in Alberta swine herd
By Food in Canada staffFood Safety Regulation Meat &Poultry CFIA pork
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is investigating a swine herd in Alberta where the H1N1 flu has been found.
Reports say that it’s highly probable the virus spread from a Canadian farm worker who had recently returned from Mexico and had been exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Signs of illness were subsequently observed in the pigs.
The CFIA reports that the farm worker has recovered and all of the pigs are recovering or have recovered. The herd has been placed under quarantine.
Canadian pork is safe
The CFIA stresses that the safety of the food supply is not affected and Canadian pork continues to be safe to eat.
In a story on MeatingPlace.com, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was reported as saying that Canada has handled the situation “appropriately and taken the necessary steps and precautions.” He went on to say that the discovery will not impact trade.
In the meantime, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on developing an H1N1 vaccine for swine.
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