We like to keep certified food protection managers informed on a wide range of issues concerning food safety, including future food safety concerns and potential threats government agencies are watching. This week, we’d like to take a close look at a situation in Asia that has the USDA on heightened alert for a situation that could have drastic impacts on our country’s pork supply.
How African Swine Fever Impacts Future Food Safety Concerns in the US
A recent discovery and seizure of illegal Chinese pork products has prevented a potential risk of African swine fever from reaching our shores.
The good news is, that there are no recorded cases of African swine fever in the United States, but with cases spreading throughout Asia, the risk becomes greater with every outbreak that this disease will someday reach our shores.
It is unclear what dangers ASF presents to humans. It can however kill a pig within a day. This could be disastrous and cause many pork products to become scarce, expensive and pose a threat to food safety. The USDA is taking this potential threat so seriously that they are recommending international travelers avoid visiting petting zoos and farms with pigs during their travels.
Most food suppliers source pork from the U.S. and reliably inspected international sources, however, it may be a good idea to keep an eye on where your product comes from. Make sure that you use pork products that come from a source you trust that has passed USDA standards.
While this threat has yet to reach our shores, it’s worth keeping an eye on. Would you really want to live in a world without bacon?