Australia puts ASF defenses to test

A special month-long biosecurity effort in October tested Australia’s ability to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of their country.  

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said Operation Conway involved the screening of passengers and crew arriving on certain flights from countries affected by the disease for pork products and other high-risk material, The West Australian reports.

More than 1 000 passengers and crew were screened using a combination of x-ray, manual inspection and detector dogs from five flights originating from countries where ASF was confirmed present, the article said. The screenings were conducted by teams of biosecurity officers deployed at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin.
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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.