Swine flu – Russia bans U.S. poultry

April 29, 2009

Following the outbreak of swine flu, Russia has now placed a ban not only on pork, but on beef and poultry from certain US states.

The ban applies to meat and poultry produced in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, where cases of influenza have been reported.

US officials insist that US trading partners have no legitimate health reason for banning imports of US meat.

“We’re trying to underscore the fact that actions taken to ban the importation of pork or beef from the US is not scientifically based, and could result in some serious trade disruptions,” said US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The US Meat Export Federation says it’s very concerned that Russia is now refusing to accept any non-heat-treated meat, including beef and poultry. The federation says there’s been a “demonstrated over-reaction”, according to ABC Rural.


2 Responses to “Swine flu – Russia bans U.S. poultry”

  1. Hillary Says:

    I thought that as long as you cook the meat, it should be fine for consumption. Who eats raw pork, poultry or beef? Is CNN not right?

    Not to mention…weren’t the infected pigs originally located in Mexico, not the United States?

  2. annierichardson Says:

    According to the World Health Org, and the CDC, swine influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derived from pigs. The swine influenza virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 160°F/70°C, corresponding to the general guidance for the preparation of pork and other meat.

    Pigs may have been raised in Mexico but they are then shipped all over the world.

    Russia gave no public comment as to why they have banned poultry. The fact that this “novel” virus is a combo of pig, avian (seen in poultry), and human viruses could be a factor.

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