Tyson Statement on Influenza
Our pork products are safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, people cannot get the hybrid influenza from eating pork or pork products. Most influenza viruses are not spread by food.
As reported by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), U.S. pigs have not been infected with this hybrid influenza and preliminary investigations have determined that none of the people infected with the hybrid flu had contact with hogs. It is reportedly spreading by human-to-human transmission. In fact, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health in Paris, “The virus has not been isolated in animals to date. Therefore, it is not justified to name this disease swine influenza.”
Tyson Foods does not have pork processing operations or hog farms in Mexico. The company only has poultry operations there.
Tyson’s pork business includes four pork processing plants in Iowa, one in Nebraska and one in Indiana. In addition, the company owns a subsidiary involved in live hog production in eastern Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and parts of Missouri. As recommended by the NPPC, we are taking measures to tighten our existing biosecurity protocols to protect our hogs from this virus.
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