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(News) Indiana pork is safe says the Statehouse

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Following the announcement of swine flu in Indiana, as well as the implication that the flu stems from pork production or consumption, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman is reassuring Hoosiers that they will not catch H1N1 virus ("swine flu") by eating pork products.

Skillman's office has just issued a press release "reminding Hoosiers that pork is safe!"

"Indiana pork products are as safe as ever, and Hoosiers should not be concerned about buying or eating these foods. Our pork is safe and will continue to be safe and healthy for Hoosiers to consume," said Lt. Gov. Skillman, who also serves as Indiana's Secretary of Agriculture.

As part of the effort, even Harley, the ceramic hog that sits outside the Lt. Governor's office, is participating. A sign next to Harley says "Hoosier Pork Is Safe," and encourages passers-by to visit www.in.gov/isda for more information. Statehouse tour guides have been asked to remind tourists that the flu is not transmitted through pork products.

"Hundreds of students and visitors see Harley every day, and it is an excellent teaching opportunity to those who come by," Lt. Gov. Skillman said.

The State Department of Health announced today that one human case of H1N1 virus has been confirmed in Indiana.

According to Skillman's office, "Pigs have not been infected by the so-called "swine flu".

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