The National Pork Board and the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) are funding a year-long project, with the collaboration of the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, to identify gaps in U.S. pork industry national biosecurity. The goal is to prevent entry of foreign animal diseases (FADs) into the country by addressing identified biosecurity gaps.
 
Because the National Swine Disease Council (NSDC) represents all of these organizations collectively, it will provide oversight of the project, which has been awarded to EpiX Analytics of Fort Collins, Colorado. The project will identify and prioritize biosecurity gaps within the U.S. pork industry and provide direction for corrective or additional measures to reduce risk. In the process, the researchers will point out potential mechanisms through which FADs can be introduced, spread and affect the domestic pork industry. The project will employ a unique approach, including:
  • Using a risk-based analysis considering both probability and impact
  • Building on established, peer-reviewed, and validated frameworks
  • Being grounded in science and evidence
  • Incorporating expertise and data from the U.S. industry
 
In announcing the award of the funding, Paul Sundberg, DVM, SHIC executive director, said, “The information developed from this study will help producers protect their industry and continue their worldwide competitiveness. We believe identification and prioritization of biosecurity gaps will not only protect the industry from African swine fever and other FADs, it may also improve efficiency of production by reducing the impact of endemic swine diseases.”
 
ASF will be used as a model for other FADs due to the resiliency of the virus, as well as the great concern surrounding it in the industry. The many areas being considered for study include imports, entry of foreign travelers, domestic transportation of animals, common inputs to U.S. production and domestic market channels. The outcomes will include details if biosecurity gaps are identified, including data sources and uncertainty in risk estimates.
 
Original article July 22, The Pork Checkoff
Project to Look for Gaps in U.S. Pork Industry Biosecurity