China and five other countries have banned pork and other meat products from some U.S. states, drawing criticism from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk since officials say the swine flu is not transmitted by food.
Kirk's office said the bans were imposed because of the swine flu outbreak. The countries imposing those bans are China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
Reuters reports that Kirk warned those countries that such bans are not based on science and could disrupt trade.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says pork is still safe to eat, and that all food-borne germs are killed when pork is cooked to 160 F anyway.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
China bans some US pork
Either the Chinese are hitting back for recent US restrictions on dangerous products or our pork does not have enough lead content. Fox News reported: