The N.C. Pork Council would prefer you not call it "swine flu."
The industry association for pork producers thinks the colloquial name for the virus being closely monitored by global health officials is inaccurate.
Following the lead of their national organization, they have suggested "North American influenza" — a variant on the other alternative name, "Mexican flu," which has upset some officials from that country.
Officially, the virus is known as H1N1, after two of its proteins, hemagglutinin and neuraminidase.
In an e-mail to Dome, N.C. Pork Council spokeswoman Deborah Johnson said the linkage between pigs and the flu "should have never been made."
Fortunately, the virus does not appear to be as contagious as creeping veganism. (FYI - i had the barbecue at Charlie's on Ninth St. for lunch today. No ill effects so far.)