No confirmation of feed contamination with ASFv in China

FEFAC is attentively following any information related to a possible role of feed in transmission of ASFv. In this context, FEFAC noted that tests performed by Chinese authorities on a suspect feed did not confirm the contamination. This shows that any information pointing to feed as a cause of infection with ASFv must be handled very cautiously, and requires thorough analysis before coming to any conclusion taking into account elements such as the origin of the samples, the actual contamination pathway and at which stage of the chain it could have occurred (feed ingredient supplier, feed mill, transport, farm).

FEFAC has been regularly reviewing and updating its risk analysis taking into account the latest risk assessment advice by public risk assessment bodies and the experience gained by feed industry organisations in the EU and worldwide. It must be stressed in particular that risk assessment by EFSA does not point to animal feed as a cause for virus transmission (with the noticeable exception of feeding pigs with catering waste). The conclusion drawn by FEFAC is that the risk of commercial feed being intrinsically a vector of transmission of ASF is negligible insofar as effective biosecurity measures are in place all along the chain, in particular for feed transport in infected zones.
The European and global feed industry will continue investigating the most recent scientific publications on effective processing technologies (heat & pressure) which can inactivate viruses, on reliable detection methods and on sampling methods for feed in cooperation with chain partners and risk assessment/management bodies at national and global level.
At the same time, FEFAC wants to emphasise the absolute necessity to make sure that no catering waste is used in the EU to feed pigs, as required by EU law since 2002.