Wednesday, April 28, 2021

EU says feed not too risky for ASF

The European Food Safety Authority said the risk of spreading African Swine Fever via feed is relatively low.

The biggest risks are moving infected pigs or coming into contact with infected wild pigs.

Three independent groups assessed various risks for spreading the deadly, contagious disease and said compound feed (mash, pellets), feed additives and contaminated vehicles were the highest ranked in the EKE model. 

While the scientific opinion concluded that the potential for transmission through these three pathways is lower than for several others, the risk cannot be completely excluded.

I beg to differ; if feed ingredients are contaminated, I'd say the risk is really high.