The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed that, contrary to earlier reports, pig blood products such as dried plasma are not a likely source of infectious porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) provided that good manufacturing practices and biosecurity standards are followed, according to an announcement from the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).
This positive news for the feed industry follows the scientific work of an OIE ad hoc group on PEDv, to which a group led IFIF and composed of experts from the affected regions as well as from the blood plasma industry contributed relevant scientific information and data following a request by OIE director general Dr. Bernard Vallat.
Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF executive director, said "not only is this an important finding for the feed chain highlighting our strong commitment to feed safety, but 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 that "IFIF looks forward to continue to work with 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."
OIE has now issued a technical factsheet on PEDV that can be found on the OIE website at www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Our_scientific_expertise/docs/pdf/A_factsheet_PEDV.pdf.
IFIF has had an official cooperation agreement with OIE since 2012.