The Livestock Development Department confirms Thai pork is safe and free of the G4 EA H1N1 virus.
Livestock Development Department director-general Sorawit Thanito said that the virus also known as swine flu had not raised a serious concern because it had not been detected in the country and Thai meat production was up to international standard and reflected high food safety.
He dismissed the reports that H1N1 was a flu of pigs. He said the so-called swine influenza had nothing to do with pigs.
According to the director-general, the World Health Organization used the word for the new strain of influenza that spread in 2009. Later WHO renamed it A H1N1 also known as the 2009 influenza. Besides, pig farms in Thailand are of high standard and have efficient disease control systems.
Thailand was the only country in the region that screened out the African Swine Fever which was spreading in many countries and Thai people should not panic about G4 virus reports. (TNA)