Research is ongoing to uncover the source of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) and how it made its way into American hog herds; however, this week the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) confirmed that pig blood products such as dried plasma are not likely a source of the disease provided good manufacturing and biosecurity standards are followed.
The news follows the scientific work of an OIE ad hoc group on PEDv, led by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), that contributed relevant scientific information and data following a request by the OIE Director General, Dr. Bernard Vallat.
“Not only is this an important finding for the feed chain highlighting our strong commitment to feed safety,” Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director, said in a news release. “It also demonstrates the importance and benefits of cooperation between IFIF and OIE, in particular with regards to the prevention and management of infectious diseases.”
De Athayde added, “IFIF looks forward to continue to work with the OIE to contribute to improved animal health and productivity, which in the end leads to a positive contribution to public health, as well as to support the development, updating and implementation of OIE standards and guidelines.”
The OIE also announced a PEDv technical factsheet, available here. In it, the organization reaffirms that pig blood products is not likely the source of PEDv.
The announcement comes less than six months after European Union member states introduced import requirements on pig blood products as a precaution against spreading the virus. Any pig blood products imported for use in pig feed was required to be kept in storage for six weeks at room temperature to deactivate the virus.