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Industry Leaders Gather for First Forum on ASF

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute joined industry leaders at the first Forum on African Swine Fever (ASF) was held on April 30 and May 1, 2019 in Ottawa, Quebec, Canada. A report on the forum can be found here . ASF is a serious viral disease of pigs and causes very high mortality rates in domestic pigs. It can spread via direct or indirect contact with pigs or fomites. Because of the severe mortality associated with the disease, and because no treatment or vaccine exists, ASF is a major industry threat, and a notifiable disease. It cannot be contracted by humans, and does not pose a food safety risk. To date, the disease has not been found in the U.S. More information can be found on the USDA APHIS African Swine Fever website , and the National Pork Board website . The Meat Institute is working with the National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers' Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the Swine Health Information Center to collaborate on how to keep stakeholders informed, prepared and doing their part to keep the national herd safe. For more information, please contact Dr. Tiffany Lee at tlee@meatinstitute.org .

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