PED Worries Continue, Senator Presses for Efforts to Step Up

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly step up efforts to prevent further incidence of the fast-spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has already killed millions of pigs in Minnesota and across the country, and to provide help to producers already hit by the disease.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Franken urged quick action by USDA to help producers detect PED in their herds and to develop countermeasures such as drugs and vaccines to battle the virus. He also pressed for USDA to provide relief to producers already hit by the virus and to work with other federal agencies who may be able to bring resources to effectively address the PED crisis.

A new development in the PED story is that China, the world's largest pork consumer, has put temporary restrictions on imports of U.S pigs until the countries can agree on testing for PEDv. According to the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA, this is to prevent PEDv from spreading to its herds overseas. Stay tuned for more updates on PEDv on AM 730 KWOA.

 

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