A Home-Ec 101.com Public Service Announcement

Heather says:
Late last week we played a game I referred to as Disaster Scenario. It’s a quick way to check your own preparedness level when rumors of disaster are hyped in the media. Well that and I’ve always enjoyed apocalyptic fiction. After watching the Twitter stream for a while, I feel the need to remind all of our wonderful readers of an important fact.

Eating bacon will not cause swine flu.*

There, I’ve said it.

Please enjoy all the sales on pork (I picked up a bone-in pork loin for 1.27 lb this week.). Mr. Heather was nice enough to cut the loin into pork chops which we froze for future use.  Always cook pork to the appropriate internal temperature to kill any bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Did you know that the WHO has changed the name of the influenza to help mitigate the damage to the pork industry? Seriously people, chill out.

Back to your regularly scheduled panic. Or not. 

*You see, it’s called swine flu because the virus was originally a germ transferred between pigs. At some point the virus mutated enough to jump to humans. From this point it has been transmitted from human to human like any other nasty bug.


  1. Sarah on May 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I wonder if that is why pork chops were on sale this weekend. I stocked up on them too!

  2. Judith on May 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I was glad to hear media people calling it the H1N1 flu. That’s what it is, of course, and it’s related to the H5N5 virus, which is the Avian flu.
    Does that now mean that pigs can fly?

  3. Kristin on May 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I talked about this same thing on my blog. My dad overheard a conversation where a man was talking about how he had to throw out everything from his freezer. My Dad chimed in and said, “let me know when and I’ll take it to mine.” LOL He then had to explain to the man that pork products are just fine.

    I have quite a few lovely pieces of on sale pork in the freezer and on the dinner table right now.

    Thanks for getting the word out!

  4. Heather on May 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Ron, somehow I don’t think Mexicans would appreciate that idea.
    ThatBobbieGirl, yes Home-Ec101.com frequently influences international porcine policy. 😉 I love pork chops, especially when there is little work involved.
    Great buys Becca.

  5. Becca on May 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I was so frugalicious this week on the shopping because folks DO THINK that pork causes the swine flu. Beautiful pork chops, nice center-cut bacon and a pork tenderloin that is being saved for a special occasion.

    Hilarious and wonderfully economical for me. Its a win-win.

  6. ThatBobbieGirl on May 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    If only you’d posted this sooner, the government of Egypt might not have ordered the slaughter of all those innocent and delicious piggies.

    As for me, on Thursday I picked up two whole boneless pork loins on sale, and now have 10 packages of ready-to-toss-in-the-pan pork choppy goodness in my freezer. Nom, nom, nom….

  7. Ron on May 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

    In Israel, there was a movement to change the name to the more kosher Mexican Flu.

  8. dani on May 2, 2009 at 8:58 am

    THANK YOU for stating this. I know a lot of people who think that can’t eat pork anymore, and I have to say, it’s really annoying. Do your research people! And always cook your pork to 165 degrees (no pink)!

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