Since our last update on PEDv, several new facts have come to light. The disease continues to spread throughout the U.S., especially the Midwest where it is having a major impact on the pork industry. It is also known to exist in the northeast including Maryland and Pennsylvania. More and more producers are having their production units devastated and shortages of swine for slaughter are driving up domestic pork prices in supermarkets.
No information is currently available as to whether this disease has reached the biomedical research community which is why users of swine must have a biosecurity plan in place for the prevention of PEDv.
Although reporting is voluntary, research institutions should be aware of their sources of swine and inquire as to whether PEDv exists in their herds.
Equally important, each research institution should have a Biosecurity Program in place to not only protect itself from getting PEDv, but one that helps prevent the spread of the disease within the research institution in the event there are infected swine already present. ABI remains negative for PEDv and is highly proactive in having each of its clients establish a Biosecurity Program for the protection of its own pigs at the time of delivery. Continue Reading Biosecurity Programs for the Control of PEDv in U.S. Domestic Swine
Dear Valued Client,
The USDA has confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has been identified in the United States for the first time, through testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. This is not a new virus, nor is it a regulatory/reportable disease. Since PEDV is widespread in many countries, it is not a trade-restricting disease, but rather a production-related disease. PEDV may appear clinically to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhea. This PEDV is not zoonotic and poses no risk to the meat industry. An outbreak, however, can be devastating in swine production as well as research facilities with death rates of 30-100 percent in young pigs. PEDV spreads mostly by ingestion of contaminated feces. The most common sources of infected feces are pigs, trucks, boots, clothing, or other inanimate objects such as vehicles, trailers, or transfer equipment. Cleaning, disinfection, and drying of contaminated surfaces are effective measures to prevent PEDV contamination. PEDV is susceptible to many common disinfectants such as Clorox, virkon-s, 1 stroke, tek-trol and others. Producers as well as end users need to develop and maintain strict biosecurity protocols in order to prevent the virus from affecting domestic swine used in biomedical research. We have been working with our veterinarian and government sources to protect our herd via monitoring and the continual upgrading of our biosecurity program.
Please note that ABI is free of PEDV due to a very strict biosecurity plan which has been in place since October 2013. A strict quarantine program exists where no replacement animals, animal based feed products, commercial or agricultural vehicles, visitors, or any other potential vectors, etc. can enter the ABI production facility. In order to expand our biosecurity efforts, we are requesting that all of our clients do two things: Continue Reading Animal Biotech Research Swine Free of PEDV
Highest Standards of Animal Tissue Harvesting
At Animal Biotech Industries (ABI), our mission is to provide clients with high-quality, post-mortem tissues harvested with precise attention to client specifications. All products are harvested at USDA federally inspected abattoirs or at our onsite climate controlled facilities. These harvests are carried out in strictly controlled environmental conditions following precise protocols which have been specifically developed for each client.
Animal Tissue Shipment
These tissue samples are then processed and packaged using time tested techniques that guarantee the integrity of the tissues during shipment. Most tissues are shipped by FedEx either fresh using cold packs or frozen with dry ice. Our packaging and boxing methods allow all tissue to remain in either condition during shipment inside the boxes for up to three days even under the most adverse temperature extremes. We also make it our policy to have contingency plans in place to ensure our clients receive their tissue exactly when they need it, taking into account possible delivery delays with intermediate shipping companies. All FedEx boxes are tracked by both ABI and its clients. Continue Reading A Focus on Quality Tissue for Research Needs