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Got the Swine Flu are spreading fast across the world six countries including China the Philippines.
And Thailand have and -- -- pork products from parts of the US.
With the Swine Flu numbers increasing in Mexico could we see a trade ban with that country.
Mexico is our third largest trading partner about 70% of goods transported ride over the border.
-- trucks let's talk about a possible trade ban between the US and Mexico let me bring in former assistant.
US trade representative Sean Spicer John good to see you again.
Did -- see Rebecca OK so so far we have countries.
I mean pork.
From several states in the U -- how bad is this going to get this trade ban.
I think we are seeing some restraint on some other countries -- well Japan Mexico other countries have not done it.
I think what we have to do is lay out the facts first -- -- You know we talked to -- the swine of influenza virus is not one -- passed by pork or pork products so food is safe.
The fact the matter is and according to CDC and USDA.
There is no infection of the swine herd in the United States so the only way that this disease can be passed is human to human.
In the United States so I think other countries are jumping the gun but I think it's it's a little unnecessary at this point.
Sean where it's mostly been or -- it at least in this country totally human to human at this point as you just said what are the odds -- then it actually could end up that we could find.
An actual pig.
Somewhere in the country that's got it and starting to spread indicate what do you don't just sort of walk us through the possibilities.
I mean I think you'll be way out of out of my -- to start getting into how how that cattle trance has wanted transferred to stop but what I will say is a USDA.
-- and -- Unbelievable inspection rate.
Process in place so that.
Our food supply is protected.
And and there's also a great notification system in place if anything did you have ever pop up we -- be able isolated real quick.
We've had cases in the past in terms of mad cow disease BSE and and we immediately identified the problem taken -- -- food chain and and kept the public.
Safe so I think that we have an excellent track record when it comes to keeping.
The public safe our food safe it and this is just another example this in terms of the preparation is being -- So -- is this would this be considered an example of trade protectionism where countries actually block our meat imports are export their imports.
As an excuse not because -- Swine -- I just because they wanted to make sure that their own pork industry or meet industry prospers.
-- that's a great question -- I think.
Sell -- and we've seen in the past that as an excuse for protectionism especially in Korea and other countries throughout Asia where they claim all of the US beef isn't.
To a particular stand -- we have always are -- in the United States for -- science based standard when it comes to food safety.
We maintain that we continue to maintain that United States and I think.
If people agree -- that they'll see that that we you know not just he's our food safe but our inspection and our are.
All aspects of our food supply in -- taking care -- Right but shot we can say all turnover turnover that you can't get the Swine Flu from eating pork.
Eating -- can have what have you hot and now I don't want to eat it is that how bad is that going to hurt.
Our pork industry here in the US.
And then is it gonna get to a point where we banned pork from Mexico.
But I think you just made me kind of hunger back I think that's an insult have.
-- gonna go home and have my film big -- and Albert I think everybody looking on a week.
February he attacked them but on -- have a -- -- -- tonight.
So I think that part of what we've got to do is is trust our system here we know how to had to deal with -- we've seen him in the past and again we have a history.
Of strong food safety so I think.
That that you know go out tonight enjoy some food go to your local restaurant I think the worst thing that we can be doing in a time right now in terms in the economy and jobs.
Is is sheltering back we don't have any evidence that there's a problem and -- and I think any way of hyping this.
Wouldn't be good for the economy and it won't be good for jobs they -- -- not hyping it Sean Spicer from -- thanks for joining us.
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