The one-year anniversary of African swine fever in China, August 3, also marks a year of preparation and border solidification in the United States. National Pork Board president David Newman says the U.S. is in a better position, but notes “we can never be too prepared” with devastating diseases like African swine fever. NPB stresses the ASF situation in China and other Asian countries “won’t likely get better in the near term,” implying the need for continued preparedness.
Industry-wide collaboration, led by the Pork Checkoff, has helped North America develop improved biosecurity measures, and increased border inspections, to keep the disease out. Primary partners in the effort include the Department of Agriculture, the National Pork Producers Council, the North American Meat Institute, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Swine Health Information Center.
Data from China shows pork production fell 5.5 percent in the first half of this year because of ASF.