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NPPC Looking for Direction on USDA’s New PED Tracking Rules

By Amanda Brodhagen,

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says it’s seeking more information about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) reporting guidelines to monitor the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus.

The USDA announced that it would be implementing a new policy requiring mandatory reporting of PED cases.

In addition to reporting efforts, the USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford says that the industry needs to continue to keep up with its on-farm efforts to keep the disease from spreading further.

Reporting cases of PED does not mean stopping the movement of pigs, but the USDA’s main goal is to be able to work with producers and their attending veterinarians to make sure that the best animal care practices are being maintained to slow the spread the disease.

While the USDA announced its new reporting requirements, the industry is still awaiting more details on how to implement the rules. NPPC’s Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom calls the USDA’s approach “encouraging” but says the industry is concerned about the implementation of the program and ramifications of reporting a positive case of the virus.

More details about the tracking program are expected within the next two to three weeks.

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