Delegates at last week’s annual business meeting of the National Pork Producers Council adopted several important policy issues to work on in 2019, but African Swine Fever was top-of-mind for most attendees.
They adopted a resolution on strengthening the pork industry’s efforts to prevent foreign animal diseases from entering the U.S, including working with USDA and the Food and Drug Administration on restricting imports of soy-based animal feed from countries with a high risk of transmitting foreign animal diseases.
Delegates also voted to continue work on changing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hours of Service Rules. Haulers must remain in their trucks when animals are loaded, which the NPPC says should not count towards their “on-duty” time.
Also passed was a resolution calling for the USDA and FDA to be transparent in their regulation of cell-cultured meat products. “These resolutions reflect the concerns of the U.S. pork industry and the efforts we need to take to protect the livelihoods of producers,” says new NPPC president David Herring. “NPPC will work with Congress, the Trump Administration, and others to tackle these and other issues important to our industry.”