Q&A: With this Swine Flu problem that now exists should I worry about foods that are imported from Mexico?

Question by Deacon Blues: With this Swine Flu problem that now exists should I worry about foods that are imported from Mexico?
e.g. avocados and broccoli grown in and imported from Mexico.
Even the local “health food store” that sells organic fruits and vegetables imports avocados and broccoli from Mexico.
Wow.
It IS kinda scary what “What I Say” said about human resistance level to the virus.
“What people don’t seem to be thinking about is that it may mean human resistance has gone down (on the larger group level) to what is really the same virus strain.”

Best answer:

Answer by Kayla
I don’t think you would have to worry. It cant get “in” the food. But make sure you just wash them extremely good before using it!

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3 Responses to “Q&A: With this Swine Flu problem that now exists should I worry about foods that are imported from Mexico?”

  1. Joey C says:

    No, but I should worry about food coming from the Granja Carroll farm (partly U.S. owned) which is being eyed as the possible swine flu ground zero.

  2. mathu says:

    Hi ,
    You dont have to worry. you can have avocados and brocolli from mexico. Because these are not source for Swine Flu.

    People usually get swine flu from infected pigs, human who are closely with pig & rare case is human to human interactions.

    Better avoid eating pork and pork products.
    The swine flu virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 160 F / 70 C.

  3. What I Say says:

    Crops are not grown in Mexico City. Flu viruses can stay alive on surfaces only a brief period if away from live tissue. There’s no way for a virus to bury itself inside produce. You should be more concerned about washing off produce well to get rid of pesticide residue.

    The “new” swine flu is not so new. The swine flu of concern is a category A influenza, again not some never before seen “superflu” strain. Current vaccines Relenza and Tamiflu seem to be effective against it so it’s not so dangerously different. The difference is not in the virus but in the way the virus is being spread. Instead of the common pig to human transfer it appears the same virus can spread from human to human. What people don’t seem to be thinking about is that it may mean human resistance has gone down (on the larger group level) to what is really the same virus strain.

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