CP Foods confident it can keep ASF out of its farms

CP Foods confident it can keep ASF out of its farms

Courtesy CP Foods

Company outlines 9 protocols for inspections at feed mills

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) expressed confidence that its biosecurity measures will be able to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of its farms.

The company has prepared emergency plan and outlined biosecurity measures at feed mills. It is also spearheading a training program to help small-scale pig farms to adopt biosecurity measures, enabling the pig producers to prevent the spread of possible ASF in Thailand.

Dr. Damnoen Chaturavittawong, DVM, CP Foods senior vice president, said CP Foods is working hard to make sure that all of its farms and contract farms are operated in compliance with the highest biosecurity standards.

“CP Foods has tightened biosecurity at farms to minimize the risk of exposure to diseases. For example, all pigs are raised in closed-system farms and fed with animal feeds from trusted sources. Vehicles and people that visit the pig farms must be cleaned with disinfectant spray before entry.” he said. “We also transferred our knowledge on farms’ biosecurity to all of our contract farmers nationwide. This is to ensure that our consumers will receive high-quality and safe foods.”

In order to help CP Foods’ staffs to handle the possible outbreak effectively, he added that the company has set up emergency preparedness exercises by simulating ASF outbreak at farms in high-risk areas.

Under the farm biosecurity practices, CP Foods has outlined nine protocols for serious inspection at feed mills, including:

  1. Feed ingredients are sourced from ASF-free areas.
  2. Vehicles transporting feed ingredients to feed mills are cleaned in and out thoroughly by disinfectant spray. Drivers must not come into direct contact with ingredients.
  3. Feed ingredients are stored in hygienic storage units, separated from production sites and ready-to-eat meals.
  4. All workers and equipment in ingredient storage areas must be washed and sprayed.
  5. Feed products are delivered to customers in a separate area from the feed storage. The delivery point must be cleaned regularly.
  6. Trucks used in feed transportation must be disinfected before they enter the pickup point. Feed delivery trucks from risk areas are separated from the others.
  7. The company also applied strict hygiene standards for visitors and employees at feed mills. All people who visit the feed mill must be clean. Foods are prohibited from entering the feed mill area.
  8. The company’s feed mills carry out regular pest control measures.
  9. Feed mills must conduct a disinfection equipment checkup.

CP Foods is working with Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development, Provincial Livestock Office, the Swine Raisers Association of Thailand and other parties to share its expertise in ASF and disease control to local farmers, covering risk areas for more than 40 provinces.

View our continuing coverage of the African swine fever outbreak.