Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said:

"I would like to express my deepest sympathies for those who have lost loved ones to the flu as well as those who have been sickened.

"I also wanted to reassure the public that there is no evidence at this time showing that swine have been infected with this virus.

"According to scientists at USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine flu viruses are not transmitted by food so you cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork or pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160