Because of the extreme ease of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to spread, it's very important that everyone do their part to prevent the spread of this costly disease. This means taking steps after the market pigs leave the farm.

Pig transporters need to take their part of PEDV control seriously. Biosecurity procedures for the truck and trailer include cleaning and disinfecting between every load taken to market. In addition, steps at the plant should be followed that help maintain a clear line of separation between the trailer and the market area (unloading chute).

To help keep trailers disinfected, consider using these disinfectants that have been demonstrated to effectively inactivate PEDV. They include: 1. Oxidizing Agents [e.g., potassium peroxymonosulfate (Virkon S) or sodium hypochlorite (bleach)]; 2. Sodium Carbonates (e.g., soda ash) 3. Lipid Solvents (e.g., ethyl alcohol); 4. Strong Iodophors in Phosphoric Acid (e.g., iodine); 5. Phenolic Compounds (e.g., 1 Stroke Environ or Tek-Trol); and 6. Aldehydes (e.g., Synergize).

Click the title to view the entire fact sheet, Transportation Biosecurity Recommendations for PEDV Control at Packing Plants. Visit www.pork.org/pedv for all related fact sheets.