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Joint FAO, OIE, WHO and WTO statement on A/H1N1 virus

Four global organizations state that pork products handled in accordance with hygienic practices are not a source of infection

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2 May 2009, Rome - The following statement was issued jointly today by FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization.

"In light of the spread of influenza A/H1N1, and the rising concerns about the possibility of this virus being found in pigs and the safety of pork and pork products, we stress that pork and pork products, handled in accordance with good hygienic practices recommended by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission and the OIE, will not be a source of infection.

To date there is no evidence that the virus is transmitted by food. There is currently therefore no justification in the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Code for the imposition of trade measures on the importation of pigs or their products.

However, it is important that Veterinary Authorities should collaborate with human health counterparts to monitor pig herds for any signs of unusual illness with suspected linkages to human cases of A/H1N1 influenza."