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Franken praises China for reopening markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., praised China’s announced intent today to reopen its markets to U.S. pork and live swine.

In 2008, China was the U.S. pork industry’s fastest growing market, but the country stopped accepting pork exports after the H1N1 virus emerged, according to Franken.

The World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health have repeatedly stressed that there is no risk to humans from consuming properly prepared pork and pork products.

In a statement, Franken thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk for their work on the issue.

“On behalf of Minnesota farmers and families, I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack and Representative Kirk for their efforts to re-open the Chinese market to U.S. pork,” Franken said. “Farmers are the backbone of Minnesota, and of this country. We must be sure we are doing everything we can to support them.”

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