Farmscape for September 19, 2017
The Swine Health Information Centre is investigating the potential risk of the transmission of African Swine Fever through feed ingredients and alerting pork producers of that possible risk.
PED is believed to have been introduced into North America from China in 2013 through imported contaminated feed ingredients.
The Swine Health Information Centre is investigating the potential for the transmission of African Swine Fever through feed and has released a Decision Tree Matrix to help pork producers minimize the viral transmission risk from feed ingredients.
Swine Health Information Center Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg says there's a lot of interest in the potential risks posed by feed ingredients.
Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Center:
We don't have proof positive that PED was introduced into North America through any feed ingredients that were imported.
We know with a good amount of certainty that, once it got into the U.S., that it was distributed around the U.S. both by animal movement as well as by feed ingredients.
The real interest here and the real question is about the amount of risk that feed and feed ingredients may pose for the introduction of ASF.
We don't have hard data that shows that this is a smoking gun and it's happened before and here's why and here's how and here's what you can do about it.
But it's a potential risk that we want to make sure we close all those windows possible.
We're working with USDA, we're working with the feed industry itself and we're working with researchers on high biosecurity facilities to do some testing and to help us figure out that puzzle and we're doing that with a high degree of urgency.
We can't wait until we get it to find out, this is what we should have done.
We need to know right now what we can do to help prevent its introduction into the U.S.
Dr. Sundberg encourages swine producers to talk to their feed suppliers and start the conversation about feed safety.
For Farmscape.Ca, 'm Bruce Cochrane.
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