Pork industry seeks more government aid
Industry projects flu name losses at $2.2 billion
Congress members recently signed a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture asking the federal government to help the struggling pork industry.
Claiming it was injured with a $2.2 billion projected loss by the ‘swine flu’ name, the industry is asking for a second round of government assistance, according to reports. Earlier the Department of Agriculture committed to spend $30 million on pork. The letter asked that the government spend an additional $100 million to help the injured industry.
As the H1N1 flu pandemic took hold last spring, pork hasn’t sold as well, despite health officials ensuring the public the virus is not passed by pork consumption. Exports were also affected to countries like China who ceased purchasing American pork.