FDA Grand Rounds: FDA's work with African Swine Fever from a policy and regulatory perspective
June 10, 2021
The FDA Grand Rounds is webcast every other month 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.
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 USDA has the 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.
FDA and USDA have been working collaboratively on thinking through the complexities of animal food as a vector for ASF transmission. 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. 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. 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.
- FDA’s African Swine Fever web page available at: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/safety-health/african-swine-fever
- Discuss the research conducted at the FDA
- Explain how FDA science impacts public health
- Explain what African Swine Fever (ASF) is and how it is transmitted
- Explain the global implications associated with an ASF outbreak
- List some of the organizations and government agencies that may collaborate in the investigation of an ASF outbreak
- Explain the key strategies in FDA’s ASF Response Plan
- Describe some of the challenges faced by FDA in responding to an ASF outbreak
This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other scientists within the agency external scientific communities.
Lecture 1 June 10, 2021
|12:00 - 1:00 PM||FDA's work with African Swine Fever from a policy and regulatory perspective||
Linda Benjamin, PhD
Jeanette Murphy, M.S.
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- Benjamin, Linda, PhD, Supervisor, Animal Food Safety Team, FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine nothing to disclose
- Murphy, Jeanette, M.S., Deputy Director for Foods, CVM Office of Surveillance and Compliance nothing to disclose
- Dinatale, Miriam, Team Leader, Food and Drug Administration nothing to disclose
- Pfundt, Tiffany, PharmD, Pharmacist, FDA nothing to disclose
- Wheelock, Leslie, RN, MS, RN, Director, OSPD, FDA, OC, OCS, OSPD nothing to disclose
CE Consultation and Accreditation Team
- Bryant, Traci, M.A.T., CE Consultant, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
- Zawalick, Karen, CE Team Leader, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
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