Biosecurity In The Pork Industry

The final stages of the eradication of pseudorabies from the U.S., and the emergence of the PRRS virus has, in recent years, made biosecurity a much more discussed topic at swine industry meetings. The Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001 resulted in widespread interest in making certain our borders are biosecure against foreign animal diseases. Added concerns for biosecurity relative to both food safety and foreign animal disease have arisen from the horrific terrorists attacks of September 11,2001. The rapid consolidation of the swine industry with the significant increase in animal populations within close proximity increases the relevance of the biosecurity of the swine population.