U.S. Pork Is Safe To Eat

African swine fever virus is a contagious viral disease impacting only pigs, not people, so it is not a public health threat or food safety concern. The World Organization for Animal Health, of which the U.S. is a member, considers African swine fever to be a trade limiting foreign animal disease of swine. Countries with confirmed cases are subject to international trade restrictions aimed at reducing the risk of introduction of the disease through trade. The United States has never had a case of African swine fever and there are strict animal health and import requirements enforced by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine and Customs and Border Protection to prevent entry into the United States. There is a national response plan for African swine fever that has been developed by USDA Veterinary Services.

Can I still cook with pork?

As a 5-time James Beard award nominee, Miami-based chef and restaurateur Jose Mendin is an expert in serving delicious and safe pork. He wants consumers everywhere to know that because African swine fever only impacts pigs – and not humans – there’s no need to stop cooking and eating pork. ASF is not a food safety concern! Chef Mendin takes the safety of his customers and family very seriously and would never make food decisions that could harm anyone.

Is my family safe?

Dr. Kevin Sharrett, a primary care physician from Ohio, answers questions about African swine fever (ASF).

Dr. Sharrett says ASF does not affect humans and therefore is not a public health threat according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Sharrett says it is important to know:
– African swine fever is a viral disease impacting only pigs, not people—so it is not a public health threat.
– ASF cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork.

Is ASF a public health threat?

Dr. Ann Garvey, Iowa Public Health Veterinarian, answers questions about African swine fever (ASF) and if there are any potential impacts on human health.

According to Garvey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ASF is a viral disease impacting only pigs, not people—so it is not a public health threat, nor a food-safety concern.

Dr. Garvey says it is important to know:
– African swine fever is a viral disease impacting only pigs, not people—so it is not a public health threat.
– ASF cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork.

What is African swine fever?

Dr. Daniel Rock, Department of Pathobiologies University of Illinois, explains what African swine fever (ASF) and how people cannot contract the virus.

Currently, U.S. pigs are not affected by African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in other countries.

Dr. Rock says that it is important to know:
– ASF does not affect humans and therefore is not a public health threat according to USDA.
– ASF is a disease of pigs only and therefore is not a threat to non-swine pets or other livestock.
– The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has measures in place to prevent sick animals from entering the food supply, including if ASF is detected in the U.S.
– As with any food product, you should always follow safe handling and cooking instructions to protect your family’s health.

  • ASF does not affect humans and therefore is not a public health threat according to USDA.
  • ASF is a disease of pigs only and therefore is not a threat to non-swine pets or other livestock.
  • As usual, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has measures in place to prevent sick animals from entering the food supply, including if ASF is detected in the U.S.
  • As with any food product, you should always follow safe handling and cooking instructions to protect your family’s health.
  • ASF cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork.
  • ASF only affects members of the pig family.
  • ASF can be transmitted to pigs through feeding of food waste containing contaminated pork products. The Swine Health Protection Act regulates the feeding of food waste containing meat to pigs to ensure that it is safe.
  • ASF is transmitted to pigs through direct contact with infected pigs, their waste, blood, contaminated clothing, feed, equipment and vehicles, and in some cases, some tick species.
  • Restrictions are based on USDA’s recognition of the animal health status of the region and are enforced by the Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service.
  • International travelers should be diligent in following all rules and regulations related to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reentry declarations.
  • According to Dan Rock, Professor of Pathobiology, University of Illinois, most viruses demonstrate some degree of host restriction; they replicate in one cell type or host and not in another. While there are exceptions, this is the general rule, not the exception. In the case of ASF virus, there is no evidence supporting either subclinical or clinical infection of humans.
  • The host restriction in ASF virus is likely due to the absence of susceptible and permissive cells needed for viral replication. It could also be related to the inability of the virus to overcome intrinsic and innate host responses generated following ASF virus exposure.
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