Foreign animal disease risk present

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is keeping farmers, ag media, show pig producers and veterinarians informed of current foreign animal disease risks, including African Swine Fever.

IPPA is providing resources for you to utilize and help prepare. Watch for the FAD biweekly news feature in the future. If you know of anyone who would benefit from updates, e-mail the contact information to:

Officials say it is possible for swine disease viruses to survive in shipments of certain feed ingredients during transoceanic shipping to U.S. ports and even to inland points of feed manufacture. A holding time of 78 days after the date of manufacture and bagging or sealing to prevent additional contamination for amino acids, minerals or vitamins will degrade 99.9 percent of viral contamination.

The IPPA reports the holding time extends to 286 days for soybean meal to allow for similar viral degradation once shipped to prevent additional contamination.

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