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The FDA Grand Rounds is an educational presentation that is webcast monthly to highlight cutting-edge research underway across the Agency and its impact on protecting and advancing public health. Each session features an FDA scientist presenting on a key public health challenge and how FDA is applying science to its regulatory activities. The 45-minute educational presentation is followed by questions from the audience. You can also view the presentation under Past Grand Rounds following the live webcast. #FDAGrandRounds.

The next FDA Grand Rounds is scheduled for June 10, 2021. (Webcast only)

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FDA's work with African Swine Fever from a policy and regulatory perspective 

Thursday, June 10, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Webcast Only

Presented by:

Jenny Murphy, MS
Deputy Director
Office of Surveillance and Compliance, CVM

Linda A. Benjamin, PhD
Supervisor, Animal Feed Safety Team
Division of Animal Feeds, CVM

About the Presentation:

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease of swine (both farm-raised and wild) that causes significant economic losses to the swine industry in affected countries. The primary transmission of ASF is either pig-to-pig or through a pig consuming contaminated pork, but the virus can also be spread through ticks and inadvertently by humans. The ASF virus is considered a foreign animal disease (FAD) and the USDA has U.S. government lead for prevention, surveillance, and control. Data has emerged to show that animal food can also be a transmission vehicle, and FDA is the primary U.S. government responsible for the oversight of the animal food supply.

The FDA and USDA have been working collaboratively on thinking through the complexities of animal food as a vector for ASF transmission. The FDA is working to educate the pork and animal food industries on the importance of pre-market review for any substances utilized to mitigate the risk of ASF in animal food and has committed to expedited review of potential food additives used for this purpose. The FDA has developed an ASF response plan to identify critical activities needed to detect and respond to the presence of the virus in animal food to prevent further spread of the disease and to facilitate swift normalization for the production of and distribution of animal food in the event of an outbreak. The FDA is evaluating the feasibility of developing laboratory detection methods to enhance the biosecurity of imported animal food while maintaining the ability of U.S. grain producers to export their product.

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