NPPC and USDA are developing traceability standards  

A producer-led task force is working alongside the USDA to develop a national traceability plan for the pork industry. 

Scott Hays, executive director of Missouri Pork and past president of the National Pork Producers Council says producers will keep records of all pig movements. “Those movements won’t be utilized unless there’s a need, “ he says. “Obviously a foreign animal disease introduction into the country would be a need.  It’s still producers private information, but we do have the ability at a moment’s notice to understand what pigs moved where.”

He says being able to identify movement quickly is crucial should an outbreak occur. “It helps us get our arms around where a disease is and, maybe just as importantly, where it’s not,” he says. For us to continue to supply the products that people need, we have to know what’s going on in those types of situations.”

NPPC president Lori Stevermer a Minnesota pork producer says the traceability plan can be implemented by producers of all sizes.  She says that an outbreak of a foreign animal disease shuts down movement within the country and also shuts down exports. “That’s what traceability does,” she says.  “It helps us get back to exporting and business as soon as possible so that we can help show them where their pork is coming from or where it’s not coming from relative to the disease. So that’s really key to that resumption of business.”

Earlier this year, NPPC delegates approved an Enhanced Swine Traceability resolution during the National Pork Industry Forum. 

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