USDA updates African swine fever response plan

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Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s Pork

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Thursday that it has updated its African swine fever (ASF) strategic plan and expanded it into a full response plan. This comes as part of it’s ongoing efforts to strengthen response capabilities in the event of an ASF outbreak.

This new plan – USDA APHIS ASF Response Plan: The Red Book May 2020 – elevates preparedness activities in the U.S., particularly given USDA’s recent Veterinary Services’ National Training and Exercise Program’s ASF activities, according to an APHIS release. The Red Book is a comprehensive response plan for the U.S. 
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