The National Pork Producers Council has joined an international group dedicated to preventing the spread of African swine fever in the Americas. The pig-only disease last year was detected in the Western Hemisphere for the first time in 40 years, being confirmed in hogs on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
NPPC united with 21 other organizations from 18 Latin American countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela – to form the ASF Prevention America Committee to discuss efforts to combat the disease.
According to the Meat Import Council of America, the original members formed a crisis committee in August.
The "PPA LatAm" crisis committee first conducted a survey of regional disease control measures and established a joint working group to strengthen animal health protection on the continent in the private sector. One of the initiatives of the committee was to raise awareness of the importance of biosecurity precautions in different sectors through a transnational campaign, "TodosContraLaPPA."