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·         DHS trying to keep African swine flu out of US pork barns

·         Results Are In: Australia Puts ASF Defenses to Test



DHS trying to keep African swine flu out of US pork barns


Tom Temin, Federal News Network 

November 26, 2019


Everyone, it seems, loves bacon. But there’s a big issue in the US pork industry, namely, how to keep African swine fever out of the pens and barns of the pork industry.


Now the National Pork Board and the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security have teamed up to evaluate methods and materials used to disinfect the surfaces where pigs are raised.


The Director of DHS’ Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Dr. John Neilan, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.


document, plus audio [8:45 min.]



Results Are In: Australia Puts ASF Defenses to Test


Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork

November 26, 2019


A special month-long biosecurity effort in October tested Australia’s ability to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of their country. 


Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said Operation Conway involved the screening of passengers and crew arriving on certain flights from countries affected by the disease for pork products and other high-risk material, The West Australian reports.


More than 1,000 passengers and crew were screened using a combination of x-ray, manual inspection and detector dogs from five flights originating from countries where ASF was confirmed present, the article said. The screenings were conducted by teams of biosecurity officers deployed at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin.


The results? The teams discovered 28 infringements and issued 17 written warnings during the operation, resulting in the seizure of 44 kilograms of high-risk products, including 12 kilograms of pork, chicken and beef products.


Of the pork products seized, 22% tested positive for ASF, McKenzie said.


“African swine fever is not present in Australia and our government is determined to keep it that way, to protect our agriculture industries, our environment and our reputation as one of the world’s most sought after suppliers of safe, clean and green food and fiber,” McKenzie said in a media release.


The operation proved that despite the risk to Australia, some people are still doing the wrong thing and bringing in products that could cause an outbreak here, McKenzie explained in the release...