Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Swine Flu & Fast Food Connection?

It is important to note that you cannot contract Swine Flu from eating pork.

Now that the first person to get Swine Flu has been located, there are suspicions about it's origins.

Edgar Hernandez of La Gloria in eastern Mexico has been identified as the first person to have Swine Flu. He's fine now.

But attention is now being paid to a pig farm near La Gloria called Granjas Carroll de México.

Residents of La Gloria have been complaining since March that the odour from Granjas Carroll’s pig "manure lagoons" was causing severe respiratory infections. They held a demonstration this month at which they carried signs of pigs crossed with an X and marked with the word peligro (danger).

Granjas Carroll de México, which is a 50 per cent owned subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, based in the US state of Virginia, supplies the McDonald’s and Subway. They were also fined $12.3 million (£8.4 million) in 1997 for violating the Clean Water Act.
see Times Online for more.

UPDATE: Smithfield Foods has sent a letter to their employees about the virus. They are awaiting test results on pigs from the farm near La Gloria.

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