Flu drops profits in hog industry

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Representatives from Oklahoma's hog industry want to get the word out that swine flu is not contracted from eating pork products.

Executive director Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council says he hopes some public confidence will be restored now that the U.S. government is calling this flu strain H1N1 instead of swine flu.

Health experts say the flu is passed person-to-person, and not by eating properly cooked pork products.

Bartlesville-area farmer Lonnie Hoelscher, who raises about 8,000 baby pigs a year, says his profit margin has declined to a 3-year low as demand and prices for hogs have declined.


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