The American Feed Industry Association has updated its industry
guidance following African Swine Fever and other outbreaks overseas. The feed association’s
Dr. Paul Davis tells Brownfield their guidance is a living document that is
updated in light of new and emerging threats.
Preliminary research shows that the ASF virus might be able
to be transmitted via feed, “There’s some evidence to show it can survive a
transboundary or across the ocean journey. Having known that, we went back and reviewed
the documents and recommendations that we had and wanted to re-release those.”
Davis says the AFIA wants to encourage communication within the industry and one of the big things they did is add a definition of biosecure, “There was not an existing regulatory definition for that so we wanted to work with our industry partners, particularly on the pork side, and give that some definition and put that in print in our guide.” He says that definition is part of fostering a culture of
feed safety first.