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MOSCOW - RUSSIA, fearing the spread of swine flu, on Sunday banned meat imports from Mexico, several US states and nine Latin American nations, a spokesman for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
It imposed the immediate ban after PM Putin ordered the establishment of a special commission to deal with the threat of swine flu, although no cases have yet been reported in Russia.
Imports of all raw meat and meat products from Mexico and the US states of Texas, California and Kansas shipped...
Originally posted by bismarcksea
This would seem to be a far bit more serious than a "standard" flue outbreak.
They do indeed know something that we don't!
Originally posted by yellowcard
Except more people have died from the real flu than this flu, and no one from the U.S. even require medical attention to get over the flu. It is so serious
Originally posted by xxpigxx
Damn . . . the price of beef of beef is going to rise . . . considering Texas has the largest cattle industry in the world.
Originally posted by kupoliveson
This is complete BS! Here is the thing! The disease is not going to be spread from muscle tissue! This is not the way it works- IT IS A RESPIRATORY PATHOGEN! Also in the US (not true for Mexico) most pigs are intensivily housed (there are still some backyard people but the vast majority of pork in this country comes from large operations) meaning the people who work there gown in to go to the pigs, then the pigs ALL move from the nursery to the growers to the finishers in large groups with NO mixing between the groups. Those pigs are not going to get avian flu! It just does not work like that. It is a terrible system for the individual animal and truthfully I believe cruel however it does slash disease rates which means pigs grow faster and bigger so capitalism wins in this case.