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National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reports:

This week, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is launching a pilot project with Iowa State University to develop a certification program for high-consequence swine diseases.

Specifically, APHIS will develop and implement a pilot African swine fever (ASF)-Classical Swine Fever (CSF)-Monitored Certification Program, modeled after the basic tenets of the National Poultry Improvement Plan program for U.S. commercial poultry operations. Both ASF and CSF pose tremendous threats to the pork industry if detected in the United States.

When implemented, the pilot will provide a forum for state and federal agencies, diagnostic laboratories and industry stakeholders to collaborate directly to establish regulatory and diagnostic priorities, creating a more efficient and engaged process and fostering greater engagement in national swine disease control efforts.

U.S. pork producers and harvest facilities in participating states that meet specified program requirements will be able to enroll in the program on a voluntary basis. NPPC supports efforts by APHIS and other agencies to ensure ASF and other animal diseases don't enter the country.

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