Furthermore, they want any sort of germs that have slipped across the border to be labeled "Mexican," or anything other than "swine."
Apparently, all the news coverage of a scary new strain of the flu -- we now have cases in Virginia -- is making some folks sweat, that is folks in the business of selling swine meat to a hungry world of consumers.
Meanwhile, Lowell Feld at Blue Virginia has some worthwhile thoughts on the swine flu story and its possible connection to Virginia and its politics.
There's been a great deal of discussion recently about the swine flu, of course. There's also been discussion, but to a far lesser extent, about the possible role of a Mexican subsidiary of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods in the disease's outbreak. The issue even came up at the Virginia Democratic governors' debate last night, with the candidates being asked if they'd taken money from Smithfield...Click here to read all of Feld's post.
Click here to read a Rolling Stone article about Smithfield Foods' gigantic pork-producing operation published a couple of years ago. It's an eye-opener.
Who knows? Once all is said and done, maybe this new malady will end up being called the "Smithfield flu."