Can I get swine flu (H1N1 virus) from eating pork?
No. The virus that causes swine flu is not spread by food. You can’t get swine flu by eating pork or pork products. However, you should always be sure to handle pork products safely. Cook pork to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill viruses and bacteria. For more information about swine flu go to http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm.
Answered by Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., associate state specialist, curriculum & staff training coordinator, Family Nutrition Education Programs, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009