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Hogs at Saskatchewan farm where new flu found are disease free, says farm CEO

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HUMBOLDT, Sask. - A Saskatchewan hog farm where a new flu strain was found in at least two workers says it's important for people to know that there's no sign of the virus in the herd.

Big Sky Farms in Humboldt says there are always concerns about public perception -- especially since there's a flu pandemic.

Health officials said Tuesday that the new flu is a mixture of a seasonal human flu and an animal strain that has been around for several years, but stress it's not connected to the current H1N1 pandemic.

John Laclare, the president of Big Sky Farms, says the workers involved followed protocols by taking time off when they were ill.

Laclare says the herd of up to 15,000 pigs is disease free and consumers should be reassured about the safety of Canadian meat.

He also notes that the industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have very high standards and only healthy animals are slaughtered.

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