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NFTC Statement on Swine Flu and Trade with Mexico
Date: 5/1/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings or Eric Thomas, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – In response to speculative concerns about trade with Mexico because of H1N1 influenza (swine flu), the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today released the following statement.

“While this flu is a serious public health issue that warrants the attention it has received, U.S. and international health organizations have declared that the virus cannot be transmitted through food products and other goods the United States imports from Mexico,” said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. “During a public health emergency, it is critical to separate fact from fiction. Fears that importing goods from Mexico will lead to the spread of H1N1 flu are unsubstantiated, and the United States should continue to maintain free and open trade relations with Mexico.”

“Mexico is one of the United States’ most important and economically significant trading partners, and we should continue business as usual using common sense based on sound science,” said NFTC Vice President for Regional Trade Initiatives Chuck Dittrich. “The United States and the rest of the international community should refrain from allowing unfounded fears to impede the flow of commerce and trade.”

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