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SENTINEL TmBUNE Wednesday, October 2 l, 2009 Page 12 National News U,S. pork producers picked up an impor- tant ally this week in their effort to properly name the H1N1 flu virus when the presi- dent of the National Newspaper Association urged community newspa- per publishers and editors to use precise language in coverage of the flu pandemic. Cheryl Kaechele, publisher of the "unfairly cast doubt upon the pork industry." The National Newspaper Association (NNA)is a not-for-profit trade association represent- ing the owners, pub- lishers and editors of America's 2,400 daily and weekly communi- ty newspapers. Tim Bierman, an Iowa pork producer who is president of the National Pork Board, said he has sent a letter to Kaechele thanking her for her r Association Supports Calling Virus H1 N1 25 of the country's leading media asking them to do exactly what Cheryl Kaechele is advocating to her mem- bers. I told them that call- ing the virus anything other than H1N1 contributes to public confu- sion about the safety of eating pork. It is gratifying to see the leader on the largest associa- tion of newspa- pers supporting pork producers on this important issue." . Kaechele, in her letter to members, said NNA was asked on behalf of pork produc- ing states to clarify for readers that exposure to hogs, pork prod- ucts or other swine is not the precipitator of the virus.As newspa- pers that often cover farming communities, she said, NNA mem- ber publications should be aware of the nature of this con- fusion and accurately label stories about the virus. "This virus was origi- nally referred to as 'swine flu' because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes inthis new virus were very simi- lar to influenza virus- es that normally occur in pigs (swine)in North America. But Prevention: two genes from flu wruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia and bird (avian) genes Allegan County News leadership on an further study has in Allegan, Mich., told . issue that is vitally , Kaechele called shownthat this oew , hei-ifi mbi r 'tfiaf : tportatit'tOtl'fe .... ""?fi' nS'be ' "atteriflon to virus isvery different confusion from news- nation's 70,000 pork this statement fromfrom what normally paper headlines that producers. "Earlier, I the Centers for circulates in North refer to H1 N1 as had sent a letter to Disease Control andAmerican pigs. It has "swine flu" has the top executives of and human genes. Scientists call this a 'quadruple reassor- tant' virus." "Not the Oldest, Not the Biggest... Just the Best~" Open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon-Sun. Bait & Tackle ,Propane -Groceries ,Pop *Beer -Ice Carry Out Chicken Pizza Ethanol No Lead Diesel Bi0-Diesel Premium Fuels * E85 Bulk 507-763-3778 174859 i Bringing you l i Se.ti.e Tri u.e:;4: the local I newsI WalnUtwestbrookGroveII See us for all fresh pork products ] JIM' MI ,RKIE ' I entinelI' Hwy30, Slayton, MN ll'tibune I Mon- Fri- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 507-274-613t 77 J Saturday 8 - 7 Sunday 9 - 5 17480 Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic PLLP d :7 :' Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery After Hours Emergency Service Available 2250 Highway 60 East Windom; MN 56101 507-831-1473 888-831-8387 We're there when you need us. 167400 17488O Member 507-445-3417 - Storden Locations also in Lamberton and Renville 174879 Working hard to open as soon , as possible! DON'T FORGET ABOUT US!! 167401 WBSt toek 587-274-6541 wsst tsokl c@centutyte|,net