Researchers Analyze Risk for ASF Introduction into the US Via Airport

The study, conducted by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, looked at the risk of African swine fever (ASF) introduction into the US via airport passengers and the likelihood of any ASF-contaminated product getting through, and out of, the airport.

Infectious form of African swine fever virus detected for first time in Japan, in meat from China

The African swine fever virus has been detected in a contagious state on Japanese soil for the first time. The government has in the past detected genes of the African swine fever virus in food brought from overseas, but never has the virus been confirmed as being at an infectious stage.

Canada implements new feed import requirements to mitigate ASF risk

The inspector of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has declared an order imposing conditions in relation to secondary control zones in respect of African swine fever (ASF). The order includes new import requirements for unprocessed grains and oilseeds as well as associated meals destined for use in livestock feed sourced from countries that have reported an active case of ASF in domestic or wild pigs within the last five years.

Chinese researchers isolate strain of African swine fever in ‘first step’ towards vaccine

Animal health researchers in northeastern Heilongjiang province have isolated a strain of the African swine fever virus that has spread across China since the summer, but the work is only a “first step” towards a commercially viable vaccine.