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 enhanced activities to intensify multi-agency efforts toward the prevention of ASF’s entry into the U.S.