Avoiding Swill Saves Australia’s Bacon21 January 2014
AUSTRALIA - Pig producers, together with restaurants and food outlets that provide food waste for pig consumption, are being reminded by Animal Health Australia (AHA) that swill feeding is illegal throughout Australia. According to AHA, anyone caught feeding swill to pigs could face significant fines under state legislation.
The reminder follows a recent Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries survey of regional Victorian restaurants, hotels and other food outlets. According to Animal Health Australia, the survey revealed that approximately 12 per cent of the 613 businesses surveyed provided food waste to pig owners, with a handful of businesses now facing prosecution for the provision of swill to pig owners.
Animal Health Australia’s (AHA) Chief Executive Officer, Kathleen Plowman said pork producers should visit www.farmbiosecurity.com.au to learn about approved feeding practices and feed types for Australia’s pig industry.
"The Farm Biosecurity website has a specific page for pig producers. This page is your one-stop shop for vital information on protecting your pigs through good on-farm biosecurity practices, including information on safe feeding methods and why swill feeding should be avoided at all costs. Farm Biosecurity helps secure your farm and secure your future.
"Swill is food waste containing meat or any other mammalian products or by-products, excluding milk. This also includes imported dairy products and any foods that have been in contact with meat, such as leftover vegetables on a plate from a Sunday roast, or even the leftover ham and cheese roll.
"Swill could contain viruses such as African swine fever, foot and mouth disease and Aujeszky's disease, all of which could have far reaching impacts on Australia’s livestock industry. Avoiding swill is a simple case of ‘prevention is much better and cheaper than the cure," said Ms Plowman.
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