When I get lunch at my favorite Sandusky Thai lunch joint, Jo Wok, I usually ask for chicken. Today, I asked for pork when I put in my order for spicy red curry.
It was a gesture of solidarity for a local employer and its workers. The Routh Packing plant, an important local employer, is struggling recently because of the swine flu scare. It has lost business and had to adjust its work schedule because people are afraid to eat pork.
Scientists who have no connection with the pork industry say this is an irrational fear.
From the Centers for Disease Control Web site:
Q. Can people catch swine flu from eating pork?
A. No. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You can not get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.