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Six Months Needed for Pork Demand to Recover

by 5m Editor
15 May 2009, at 11:30am

MEXICO - Mexico's pork demand and prices will probably need six months to recover from the 70 per cent collapse seen in recent weeks due to A/H1N1 flu, Mexico's Agriculture Minister Alberto Cardenas Jimenez said yesterday.

He called on the Mexican people to eat pork, as the World Health Organization (WHO) said eating pork cannot spread the disease, which has killed 64 people and infected 2,656 in Mexico.

"It is very important that all the productive sectors in this nation are united in order to look after jobs, and above all, they have faith in the (pork) meat, given that it has been repeated that consuming (pork) meat will in no way spread influenza," he said.

"Mexico has the best, world class quality of pork products," he said.

Mexico is among the world's top 10 pork producers. The Mexicans typically consume around 14 kg of pork per capita each year, compared with up to 60 kg for Spain and Germany.