Hong Kong will not ban pork imports from Mexico and the United States, as there is little chance of being infected by eating the meat, the deputy food and health minister said. While the mainland's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has banned pork imports from Mexico, Texas, California and Kansas, which have been affected by the swine flu outbreak, Gabriel Leung said Hong Kong would not follow suit. 'According to the World Health Organisation, people won't catch swine flu by consuming pork. People should not be worrying, though they should fully cook the meat before eating,' he said. Hong Kong imported 25,600 tonnes of chilled and frozen pork from the US last year, but no pork from Mexico. Steven Wong Wai-chuen, who runs a shop selling chilled meat in North Point, said: 'People are scared, just like when the city was hit by bird flu, when they did not eat chicken. Pork sales have dropped by 10 per cent. But I want to stress that chilled pork does not come from the US; most or all of it comes from China. If it were from the US, the price would be sky high.' The general secretary of the Hong Kong Frozen Meat and Seafood Wholesalers and Retailers Association, Cheng Hing, also said little frozen pork was imported from the US. 'Most of the meat imported from the US is beef. And in the wake of the situation, we will import even less pork from the US.' Ng Fung Hong, one of the three wholesalers of mainland pigs, said it had already informed workers in its slaughterhouse to wear surgical masks and be alert while working. 'We also demand workers to clean the slaughterhouse thoroughly every day after working,' he said. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it would inspect all the 43 pig farms, which raise 56,000 pigs, in Hong Kong this week, and had asked them to take precautionary measures. A department spokeswoman said: 'They are required to report any irregularities found in pigs. So far, we have not received any such report.'