Working together, the Pork Checkoff and other organizations have developed a comprehensive response to African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal disease threats. This includes working with USDA, the National Pork Producers Council, the North American Meat Institute, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Swine Health Information Center. the North America Meat Institute and the American Feed Industry Association.

Here are some of the highlights:

Research

  • Feed/dust sampling methods and protocols
  • Validation of extraction process to detect virus in feed and feed ingredients
  • Feed half-life studies
  • Feed additive mitigation – formaldehyde and medium-chain fatty acid products
  • Oral infectious dose – liquids and feeds
  • Disinfectants studies
  • Epidemiology and diagnostics work (Vietnam)
  • Requests for research proposals on ASF-feed testing, diagnostics and vaccine

Education

  • Questions for producers to ask their feed suppliers
  • Feedstuffs holding-time calculation and feed ingredient biosecurity information
  • Biosecurity at exhibitions – biosecurity information and Champions Guide booklet
  • Country disease status information
  • Pork Checkoff’s Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Preparation Bulletin (monthly via email)
  • Swine Health Information Center’s Global Disease Monitoring Report (monthly via email)
  • National Pork Board’s Meat of the Matter newsletter (via email)
  • Revised biosecurity information for traveling abroad and hosting international visitors
  • Study trips to Baltic states, Germany, Denmark
  • Preparation of consumer confidence information in the event of an FAD
  • Dedicated websites – pork.org/fad, factsaboutpork.com, swinehealth.org, nppc.org/asf

Preparedness

  • Border awareness – government effort and industry travelers
    • Request for more U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors
    • Review of penalty/fine levels
    • Addition of 60 beagle teams
    • Communication about inspection performance at airports
    • Review and revision of Customs’ questions on declaration forms
  • Veterinarian network – firsthand accounts
  • FAD Diagnostics – expansion of validated samples and oral fluids validation
  • Enhanced surveillance program implemented by USDA
  • Feed and feedstuffs transmission
    • Sampling, testing and mitigation research
    • Industry holding-time information
    • Imported feedstuffs risk assessment
    • Porcine origin ingredients
  • Inspections of Chinese casings facilities
  • Increased attention on garbage-feeder and ethnic market inspections
  • Data-sharing between government and industry to facilitate safe animal movement during outbreak
  • Development bilateral agreements to facilitate U.S. pork trade
  • FAD exercise planning and testing (United States, Canada and Mexico)
    • Completed: Nov. 28, 2018, and Feb. 27 and April 25, 2019. Planned: Sept. 23, 2019.
    • Regional planning in Colorado/Kansas/Oklahoma/Texas and Illinois/Indiana/Michigan/Ohio

For more information, go to pork.org/fad or call (800) 456-7675.