Thursday, 4 October 2012

Hepatitis E in pigs - are sausages a risk?

This is a story we have been covering for more than two years with increasing concern.

We have been worried about Hepatitis E in British pigs, pork and people, not least of illness in pig farmers being investigated by the NHS.

Once again, we see all the signs of a classic British government veterinary cover-up

Links to previous British reports can be found here:

the last dealt specifically with Hepatitis E in British sausages and the on-going investigation.

Now we get an excellent report  giving some statistics on the prevalence of the disease in Portuguese pigs and the implications here. It should be read in full

Published on October 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM · 
By Sarah Guy, medwireNews Reporter

The prevalence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in domestic pigs is between 10% and 30%, with a likelihood that infected pigs enter the pork production chain thereby threatening public health, indicate Portuguese study results...

..."There is now compelling evidence that in industrialized countries, human HEV infection mainly originates from swine," they explain, adding that with the results presented in their study, "it is clear that HEV is highly circulating."

They conclude that in Portugal: "HEV-infected animals are likely to enter the pork production chain and hence HEV contaminations in the food chain are likely to occur. This could be an increasing public health concern."