American Feed Industry Association Takes Vigilant Biosecurity Stance
Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork
February 1, 2019
With increasing foreign animal disease pressure and recent outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has released an updated version of its biosecurity guidelines.
“AFIA’s biosecurity guidelines were originally written to help safeguard manufacturing facilities following 9/11, but were always meant to serve as a ‘living document’ that could be updated based on what we know about new and emerging threats,” says Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “While some threats aren’t at the back door yet, it doesn’t mean we can leave the door unlocked.”
Davis encourages the animal feed industry to be vigilant about continually improving its biosecurity programs for the protection of animal and human health.
“The concept for biosecurity to control the spread of animal diseases is not new,” according to the new guidelines. “However, the societal and financial impact of spreading highly contagious animal diseases has increased due to the intensity and global nature of animal agriculture and transport of pathogens worldwide.”
The purpose of these guidelines is to help feed and ingredient manufacturing facilities develop a biosecurity plan to assist in controlling the spread of animal diseases introduced by foreign sources or within the U.S.
AFIA’s multi-pronged action plan to research science-based solutions for mitigating the risks of virus transmission through feed and communicating any new information and recommendations to the industry and producer groups has been well received by the swine industry...
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