WHO should we believe?: Yesterday Reuters reported that
Meat from pigs infected with the new H1N1 virus shouldn't be used for human consumption, the World Health Organisation cautioned on Wednesday.…[WHO] said it was possible for flu viruses to survive the freezing process and be present in thawed meat, as well as in blood…'Meat from sick pigs or pigs found dead should not be processed or used for human consumption under any circumstances,' Jorgen Schlundt, director of WHO's Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases.
But today, Reuters has a squib reporting that Keiji Fukuda, acting WHO assistant director-general, as saying "Eating pork is not a danger in terms of getting this infection" at a news conference in Geneva. Is it not a danger because as far as we know, only some Canadian pigs have caught the virus from humans? Or because the pork industry is freaking out? WHO needs to get its message straight.