Global Alert and Response (GAR)

The safety of pork

14 January 2010

Is it safe to eat pork and pork products?

Yes. The pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus 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 pandemic 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.

(updated from 1 May 2009 version)

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