Potential to export fresh pork in the event of an African swine fever outbreak in the United States
James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, DACVM
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An African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in the United States would result in the loss of fresh pork exports and a decrease in pig price. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code provides a potential opportunity for packers, working with swine production systems and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), to maintain a significant portion of exports during an ASF outbreak through a combination of producer biosecurity and surveillance, packers only accepting pigs from production systems that meet specific requirements, and the USDA developing veterinary certificates for export stating the pork shipment meets the OIE requirements.
Keywords: African swine fever, biosecurity, surveillance, pork exports
Cite as: Roth JA. Potential to export fresh pork in the event of an African swine fever outbreak in the United States. J Swine Health Prod 2020;28(1):31-33.
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