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Study: No Gaps in Efforts to Prevent Spread of ASF
USAgNet - 09/13/2021

A year-long study to identify U.S. pork industry gaps in biosecurity defenses against foreign animal diseases, funded by the Pork Checkoff and the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), found no major areas have been overlooked in efforts to prevent the introduction of African swine fever (ASF) to the United States.

With ASF confirmed in the Dominican Republic, the first time it has been in the Western Hemisphere in 40 years, the study provides reassurance that the U.S. pork industry and federal agencies have identified the major routes of potential domestic introduction.

The study, conducted by EpiX Analytics LLC, reinforced the importance of continued on-farm biosecurity diligence for known pathways and identified feed and feed ingredient imports risks as a critical opportunity to bolster defenses against ASF.

The study’s findings were presented to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the National Pork Board – which administers the checkoff – NPPC and SHIC, which collectively are working to prevent ASF and other foreign animal diseases from reaching domestic swine herds.

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