Source: Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s Pork, 3 June 2020, photo credit: National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff/Farm Journal’s Pork
Foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness have not gone away even though they appear to have taken a backseat to the pandemic. If anything, the COVID-19 crisis is teaching the pork industry a hard lesson about disease outbreaks: more work is needed.
“One of the key things we’ve learned is that the U.S. was not fully prepared for a foreign animal disease outbreak,” says Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board. “We had a number of the plans in place, but we found we didn’t probably have all the necessary equipment, or understanding logistically, of how you execute such a plan in an emergency.”