Dear fellow pork producers,

From nightly network newscasts to online blogs, I'm sure you've heard and seen numerous reports about the H1N1 flu virus. The Pork Checkoff, through the National Pork Board, has been working nonstop with other industry partners to remind consumers that pork remains safe to eat. While getting the facts to our customers is very important, I want to take a few moments of your time to tell you about how the H1N1 outbreak relates to your operation.

At first, the virus was spreading only from person to person, but we now know that it can infect pigs. In Alberta, Canada, pigs in a single herd reportedly became sick with the H1N1 virus after being in contact with a worker who had flu-like symptoms after returning from Mexico.  The virus caused mild illness in the herd, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has reported that the pigs and the worker are recovering.

At this time, the H1N1 virus has not been found in any U.S. pigs. However, the Canadian incident shows that we all need to take extra precautions to help ensure that the virus does not enter our herds.  I have stepped up the biosecurity measures at my Elk Grove, Calif., farm, and I urge you to do the same at your operation.

Please read through the biosecurity practices recommended by the National Pork Board by clicking on the Internet link below and join me in helping to protect the U.S. herd.  

Biosecurity Recommendations for Producers

Steve Weaver
National Pork Board President