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Pork Producers Frustrated With "Swine Flu" Title

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The name "Swine Flu" is leaving a bad taste in mouth's of pork producers who say the name alone, is causing prices of their product to fall.

The cost of hogs per pound dropped in the past three days since the announcement of Swine Flu. Some analysts say this has cost pork producers 5 million dollars thus far. And the futures don't look good, either. The largest pork producer in our state, Smithfield Packing, says the Swine Flu scare is not having any effects on their products.

Health officials say they want to shy away from the name Swine Flu, since the H1N1 strain is combination of bird, human and swine influenza.


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