The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service announced in the Federal Register today that it intends to approve a license for Zoetis, Inc., to market its vaccine for the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, a product produced with gene editing. Comments must be received by Nov. 14, 2018.
The ASF virus is deadly for pigs but not dangerous to humans. The virus, once confined to Africa, has spread through Russia and Eastern Europe and is now killing swine in China, the world’s largest pork-producing country.
While the science on the viral transmission of ASF through feed and feedstuffs still is evolving, to minimize the potential for introduction and spread of viruses within the feed supply-chain, feed facilities should implement effective biosecurity practices that are appropriate for their operations.
The NGFA has published information about on key points about African Swine Fever developed by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians as well as a summary of a National Pork Board (NPB)-issued joint paper, authored by its Swine Health Information Center, as well as the National Pork Producers Council, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians, that indicates a holding time period for feed ingredients may reduce the potential transmission of African Swine Fever and other pathogenic diseases by feed.