With African swine fever spreading through pig herds in China, Russia, eastern Europe and other parts of the world, federal authorities in both Canada and the U.S. are implementing new measures to prevent a damaging outbreak in North America.
CFIA Focuses on Imported Feed Risk for African Swine Fever
(Robert Arnason – Western Producer)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing everything it can to keep African swine fever out of the country, but it doesn’t intend to ban imports of plant-based feeds.
“It’s not proven, but we do think it (imported feed) could be one of the sources that can bring ASF virus with it,” said Jaspinder Komal, CFIA vice-president of science and chief veterinary officer for Canada.
In January, the CFIA created a working group of veterinarians, feed experts, government and pork industry representatives to study imports of plant-based feed. Click here to read more.
USDA Takes Additional Action to Prevent African Swine Fever Spread
(Jennifer Shike – Farm Journal)
The USDA announced measures Wednesday to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) to the U.S. The risk of ASF – an animal disease affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks – is growing as outbreaks continue throughout China and other parts of Asia.
“U.S. pork producers are already facing headwinds in the form of trade disputes with key export markets; an outbreak of ASF would be devastating,” says NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnston, Ohio. “With no available vaccine, prevention is our only defense.”
In coordination with the pork industry, USDA’s Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach, announced the following enhanced activities to intensify multi-agency efforts toward the prevention of ASF’s entry into the U.S. Click here to read more.