Impact of African Swine Fever on Feed Manufacturing Facilities
African Swine Fever (ASF) has been a major topic of conversation in the last few months, as outbreaks have occurred in China and several other countries around the world. With North Carolina being one of the top pork-producing states in the country, it is important to maintain good biosecurity practices to ensure a safe feed and food supply.
In response to these recent outbreaks, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has released new biosecurity guidelines specifically for feed manufacturers specifically for feed manufacturers. These guidelines encourage facilities to adopt practices that prevent contamination from being spread via feed products and promote Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance. The procedures outlined address best practices for supplier approval programs, receiving ingredients, management of employees, visitors, and drivers, and manufacturing processes to reduce biological hazards.
Additionally, the Swine Health Information Center, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians have released an updated fact sheet on viral transmission in feedstuffs for feed holding times, another way to mitigate viral transmission of ASF.
Common between these documents is the importance of having an approval program for suppliers and ensuring good communication between facilities and their suppliers.
For more information about ASF, visit the Pork Checkoff. If you have questions about the impacts of ASF on feed manufacturers, contact Marissa Herchler. For inquiries related to livestock, contact your local livestock Extension agent.