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Food Animal Producers Should have Secure Pork Supply Plan for FAD Readiness

Thursday, November 21, 2019  
Posted by: Brette Henderson
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MVMA staff attended the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) after-action report and improvement plan on Friday, November 15, 2019 after the MDA attended the 14-state African Swine Fever exercise.

There were several veterinarians in attendance at the after-action report and improvement plan. One of the ways MVMA offered to help was to inform our members of the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Plan.  Veterinarians can help prepare themselves and their producers for a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak such as foot and mouth (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF), and African swine fever (ASF) by having a SPS Plan.

Veterinarians may be called upon to assist their clients in creating/filling out the Secure Food supply plans, especially the biosecurity evaluation portion.

 

Participation is voluntary. Having the SPS Plan implemented prior to a FAD outbreak enhances coordination and communication between all stakeholders. It is intended to speed up a successful FAD response, and eventually enable the issuance of animal movement permits after the extent of the outbreak is understood. This will support continuity of business (COB) for pork producers and allied industries who choose to participate.

For more information and resources to share with your pork producers, visit www.securepork.org/veterinarians.

Though this meeting was geared toward swine, there are plans in place that will help with a FAD across other food animal species.  http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Secure-Food-Supply/

Ultimately, the goal of each different plan is to encourage a farm to lay the groundwork for business continuity in the face of an outbreak.  The plans require the farm to have knowledge (and readily accessible records) of deliveries and movement (food, supplies, animals, people) as well as other accesses to the farm (rodent control, service personnel, etc.) and diagnostic data.  The plans also require a thorough knowledge of the on-farm biosecurity and an enhanced plan that can be enacted in the face of an outbreak.  The plans will help with business continuity for a farm that is AFFECTED (within the control zone, within a control state, etc.) but not INFECTED with the disease.  Because of the biosecurity protocols included in the plans, they are also less likely to be infected with the disease.


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