Porcine virus makes first-ever appearance in US

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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DES MOINES, Iowa – Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has been identified in the United States for the first time, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The presence of the virus was confirmed through testing at the National Veterinary Service Laboratory.

The virus is transmitted via the fecal-oral route and may appear to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhea within 12 to 36 hours of onset. However, laboratory testing is the only way to diagnose PEDV.

The virus poses no food-safety risk. But federal and state animal health officials, in addition to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and veterinarians at the National Pork Board, are actively monitoring the disease.

A notice on the National Pork Board web site stated that the virus is a production-related disease, not a trade-restricting disease as the virus is widespread in a number of European countries, Canada, China, Korea and Japan. In the US, PEDV has been found in a small number of herds.
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By Sandy 6/8/2013 1:08:20 PM
No safety risk to humans? That may be a premature statement. Is this why Smithfield has been sold to a China company? The timing of the sale would suggest a link . . . And as for CAFOs in general, I fail to see how big money can induce humans to treat animals like this. We can only expect more of same, I fear.

By Torvus 5/23/2013 3:55:52 PM
Who says this poses no food safety risk? The damnable way animals are treated on so-called farms and eventually in slaughterhouses in the USA, I would not knowingly touch one of the animals' products. Salmonella, E.coli etc. Who wants it?