Brazilian meat industry creates ASF strategy group

By Aidan Fortune contact

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Brazilian ASF strategy group created

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The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), and the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Inputs of the Ministry of Agriculture have created a strategy group to tackle African Swine Fever (ASF).

The meeting was attended by the ABPA, the ministry and members of relevant companies in the sector to discuss strategies to prevent the disease from hitting its herd.

ABPA president Francisco Turra said: “We are moving forward on important points to harmonize understandings in the African Swine Infestation prevention strategy. Brazil is free of the disease and wants to strengthen its sanitary shield so that the country strengthens even more the position as a safe port for the supply of pork.”

Recently, ABPA created the African Pheasant Special Prevention Group (GEPESA), which will include the participation of regional representatives of the productive sector and research bodies active in the national swine industry.

The group will evaluate internally adopted strategies and analyze errors and successes made by countries that have faced the problem from the perspective of the private sector.

ASF has been rife over the past year, with China hit particularly hard. Incidents of ASF have been recorded in every province in the country and Rabobank estimates that up to 200m pigs have been destroyed due to the disease​.

Countries are scrambling to create counter-measures to ASF. China is to allow larger farms to test for the disease​; the World Pork Expo in the US has been cancelled​ to prevent it spreading to North America and Canada has boosted border security​ with the introduction of more detector dogs.

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