The Department of Agriculture and the pork industry will hold a foreign animal disease exercise next month as the the industry is working on a “full function” exercise that will be conducted the week of September 23.
The effort will focus on a fictional outbreak of African swine fever and the subsequent response by federal and state authorities, along with the rest of the pork industry. Industry leaders say the exercise should better prepare the U.S. pork industry and its stakeholders in the event of an outbreak. The drill will focus on exercising plans, policies, procedures and staff members involved in management, direction, command and control functions.
National Pork Board senior vice president of science and technology Dr. Dave Pyburn said, “We’re trying to create a realistic scenario of a confirmed foreign animal disease in this country to see how each stakeholder reacts and to find the gaps that need more work.”