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Foreign Animal Disease in the Feed Industry: What Are the Risks, and What Can We Do?1
Cassie Jones,2 Jason Woodworth,3 Steve Dritz,4 and Chad Paulk5,6
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A.
1 Adapted from an article published in Feedstuffs, Vol. 91, No. 6, June 3, 2019.
2 Associate professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
3 Research professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
4 Professor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology.
5 Assistant professor, Department of Grain Science and Industry.
6 Corresponding author. E-mail: email@example.com
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Ingredients are just one of many potential routes for entry of foreign animal diseases (FAD) into the United States. U.S. regulatory agencies and other entities are taking steps to limit entry through more direct methods, but it is the responsibility of the feed industry to minimize the potential for FAD entry through feed transport vehicles. For FAD entry via an ingredient to occur, there needs to be an initial contamination event, virus survival during transport, and consumption of a virus at a dose capable of causing infectivity. Several ways in which swine feed manufacturers can minimize the potential for FAD entry and transmission via the feed supply chain are discussed. Although some mills are struggling to implement changes that maximize feed safety, the cost of FAD entry into a mill would be catastrophic. Therefore, we must adapt to make feed that is safe as well as wholesome.
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