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Editorial – African Swine Fever is Fast Becoming a Global Issue

Warning of a likely imminent upsurge of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Caucasus region and Russian Federation, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called on affected countries to step up precautionary measures and for a concerted international effort to prevent the infection spreading more widely across the Northern Hemisphere.

"African swine fever is fast becoming a global issue," said Dr Juan Lubroth, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer. "It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans."

Measures recommended for countries by FAO include risk analyses to evaluate the situation and assess potential consequences. Such analyses should pave the way for fully-fledged contingency plans and provide the rationale for selecting disease-control strategies.

Importantly, there is currently no vaccine for the disease, which is very often lethal to pigs although not harmful to humans.

According to the FAO, ASF was introduced into Georgia from southern Africa late in 2006, entering through the Black Sea port of Poti, where garbage from a ship was taken to a dump where pigs came to feed. Currently, ASF is spreading northwards at the rate of roughly 350km a year.

The FAO has also announced that the Organization and Germany's Max Planck Institute are to work together to tackle diseases that cross the species barrier. The focus is to be on interactions between wild animals, livestock and human populations to reduce risks and strengthen responses, they explain. Influenza A/H1N1 swine flu is to be one of the target infections.

Meanwhile, on the GM issue, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched updated guidance for food and feed risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants, and the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) of Wageningen UR has called on the authorities of the EU to speed up the authorisation process for GM animal feed ingredients.

And finally, on foot and mouth disease (FMD), several outbreaks have been reported in cattle, sheep and goats in Kazakhstan while the Philippines has been officially declared FMD-free.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Healthy Pig for a Healthy Life - Role of Medicines and Vaccines
The roles for medicines and vaccines for the control of a range of diseases were explored by David G.S. Burch (Octagon Services Ltd, UK) at the 5th Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Pattaya, Thailand, in March 2011.
Long-Term Study of Swine Flu Viruses Shows Increasing Viral Diversity
Increased transportation of live pigs appears to have driven an increase in the diversity of swine influenza viruses found in the animals in Hong Kong over the last three decades, according to a new study.
2009 Pig Cost of Production in Selected Countries
The European pig sector returned to profitability in 2009, according to James Park of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) - Market Intelligence.
US Pork Exports to China on the Rise
US exports of pork and pork variety meats to China have grown rapidly since summer 2010 and are expected to continue rising through 2011, according to Michael Woolsey and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Feeder Adjustment
To achieve consistent feeder adjustment, Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc. recommends using a digital camera to take a picture of the correct setting and displaying it in the farm office or hallway. His article is published in the latest Pig Tales newsletter from Western Australia's Department of Agriculture and Food.
Environmental Assessment of Danish Pork
Using the attributional approach as prescribed in the PAS 2050, the environmental impact of each kilo of Danish pork leaving the slaughterhouse is estimated to 3.1 kg CO2e in global warming, 243 g NO3e in eutrophication, 56g SO2e in acidification, 21 MJ primary non-renewable energy, and 5.8 m2a in land use, according to Thu Lan T. Nguyen, John E. Hermansen and Lisbeth Mogensen of the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
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A Pocketful of Facts and Figures
UK - A host of facts and figures on the livestock industry in both the UK and the EU are available in the latest issue of A Pocketful of Meat Facts, just published.
Pfizer Pig & Poultry Trainee Awards Enter Fifth Year
UK - Employees in the pig and poultry industries are invited to enter the competition for the fifth Pfizer Trainee of the Year Awards with their £2,000 training grants and prestigious presentation ceremony in London in the autumn.
Brazilian Markets - May 2011
BRAZIL - The Brazilian roller coaster rolls on, continuing its wild and unpredictable ride! The last Brazilian market report, at the end of March, was optimistic, with prices rising strongly, writes Martin Riordan, Sales and Service, Genesus Brazil.
Thijs Hendrix Honoured
NETHERLANDS - Today, the Ambassador of France to the Netherlands is to knight Thijs Hendrix as 'Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole'.
Awards for Top East Anglian Pig Co Producers
UK - An urgently needed increase in the retail price of pork would make a major difference in sustaining the UK pig industry, said Jim Burling, pig production manager of East Anglian Pig Co, at its second annual awards evening at Diss, Norfolk.
* Global Pig Industry News

   Philippines

 » FMD NEWS: FMD-Free Stamp Boosts Pork Exports

   United Kingdom

 » Positive News for Pork
 » Draft Bill for Supermarket Watchdog Announced
 » NFU: Government Should Stop FSA Plans
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - May 2011
 » Most Meat & Dairy Product Labelled with COOL
 » Govt Agency Joins Opposition to Pig Farm
 » Woodhead Breaks Ranks

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   United States

 » Corn Market Still Focusing on Production Prospects
 » Market Preview: Meat, Poultry Stocks Still Piling Up
 » NFU to Congress: GIPSA Rule Should Go Forward
 » Strong Start to Alltech Symposium
 » WCRF Recommendations Labelled ‘Unfounded’
 » Online Air Quality Tool Can Help Lower Emissions
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » Innovative Nutritional Software Contributed to ISU
 » APHIS Seeks Comments on Vaccine Labelling
 » Lower Pork Cooking Temperature Recommended
 » CME: Increase in Total Meat and Poultry Inventory
 » Alltech Symposium: Great Debate Examines Change
 » Approve Trade Agreements Now, NPPC Urges
 » CME: Importance of Pork Cooking Temperature
 » Pork Checkoff Presents PORK Academy at WPEX
 » Call for Prohibition of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella
 » CME Daily Livestock Report
 » April Soybean Crush Smallest Since 2004
 » US COOL May Not Survive Legal Challenges

   Malaysia

 » New Rules to Check Pork and Illegal Abattoirs

   Myanmar

 » Authorities Ban Transport of Pigs and Pork from Pegu

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   China

 » Food Safety Drive Targeting Supervision
 » Flu Viruses Rode on Pig Imports into South China

   Sweden

 » Sweden Close to Pig Ear Export Deal with China

   Australia

 » Australia’s Senators Anxious about PRRS
 » No Raw Meat to Enter Australia Without Quarantine
 » Pork CRC: From the Top Shelf
 » Technology Brings Biosecurity Experts Face-to-Face

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Slaughter Markets Under Pressure
 » EFSA Launches Update on GM Risk Assessment

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   Netherlands

 » VION Annual Report Highlights Partnership Approach
 » EC Authorises New Dutch Carcass Grading Method
 » EU Should Speed up GM Authorisation, Says LEI

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Reports Increased Quarterly Revenue
 » Pork Commentary: Road Trip to Russia

   Japan

 » Thousands Served Through USMEF's Japan Effort

   Cameroon

 » African Swine Fever Wreaks Havoc in Cameroon

   Slovenia

 » Slovenia Increases Livestock Slaughter

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   Canada

 » Manitoba Pork Producers to Focus on Trade Advocacy
 » Weather Allows Significant Planting Progress
 » Joint Care Programmes to Ease Producer Validation
 » Ruling on US COOL Generates Cautious Optimism

   New Zealand

 » MAF to Defend Health Standards for Pork Imports

   General

 » Concerted International Effort Urged on ASF
 » FAO & Max Planck Institute Tackle Zoonotic Diseases

   Germany

 » Vets Concerned about Welfare

   Thailand

 » PM Wants Pork and Egg Prices Slashed



That's all for this week!

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