CLIVE, Iowa — USDA APHIS is issuing a Federal Order suspending the interstate movement of all live swine, swine germplasm, swine products, and swine byproducts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the mainland United States until APHIS can establish sufficient mitigations to authorize such movement.
This Federal Order, effective on Sept. 17, is the final action in a series of safeguards needed to establish an African Swine Fever (ASF) protection zone in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
When the protection zone is established, APHIS will have processes in place in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to:
• Prohibit movement of live swine and products out of the protection zone;
• Conduct appropriate surveillance within the protection zone to quickly detect introductions of disease; and
• Conduct a public education campaign relating to biosecurity on farms and other establishments.
Click here to read the official release from USDA APHIS.
— National Pork Board
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