Pork Lobbyists Rush To Put Lipstick On Pig Amid Swine Flu Fears

06/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It was Day 7 of the great swine flu outbreak, and inside the eighth-floor conference room in a concrete hulk of an office building on Capitol Hill, the pork lobbyists were in crisis mode. The National Pork Producers Council, whose members were watching with dismay as prices fell, labored to reverse the public dialogue about the fast-spreading virus and to convince consumers that the "other white meat" was still safe to eat.

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