Preservation of the South African pig herd’s excellent health status, compared to most other countries in the world, is one of SAPPO’s major priorities. The NPHW Committee’s policies, projects and decisions are implemented via the head of Consumer Assurance, Dr Peter Evans. He can be contacted at tel no 012-361 3920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although producers have always realised the value of high animal health standards for their businesses, the value of a constant focus on the health of the national herd was placed under the spotlight when two serious exotic pig diseases were identified in the country in the early 2000’s. The outbreaks of PRRS in 2004 and Classical Swine Fever (CSF) in 2005 underlined the importance of a high health status on farms.
Fast and timely reaction to the outbreaks by members of SAPPO, with the support of the national veterinary authorities and private pig practitioners, enabled South Africa to successfully eradicate both these diseases.
SAPPO has an excellent working relationship with the national veterinary authorities and cooperates with them on regular national serological surveys to prove the absence of many viral diseases found in other countries.
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South Africa’s pig compartmentalisation system is an OIE recognised disease control method, where clearly identified bio-secure units have implemented procedures to ensure that harmful diseases are kept out of the unit. Compartments do serological test regularly, to prove the absence of diseases based on requirements of countries to which we export. These diseases include Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), as well as endemic diseases such as African Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease.
Compartments are managed by national veterinary services who do annual audits on compliance of procedures as set out in the Veterinary Procedural Notice. Furthermore, all compartments get regular visits by private pig veterinary consultants who undertake to liaise with veterinary authorities should problems occur.
The compartments allow exports of pork and other pork products to be safely exported when a trade sensitive disease is found in the country, for example FMD or ASF.
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The main objective of the Pork 360 programme is to address concerns around food safety and welfare. Included in the programme is environmental stewardship, biosecurity and traceability.
The requirements to qualify for Pork 360 include environmental stewardship, welfare adherence and residue control. Pork 360 addresses providing safe and healthy products to the consumer while compartments address disease control.
Click in the menu on the home page to read more about the Pork 360 programme. You can also click here to download an article by Dr Peter Evans, SAPPO’s veterinary liaison officer, explaining the difference between the two systems.