Scientist offers key to avoid pathogens in livestock feed

Scientist offers key to avoid pathogens in livestock feed

Pathogens, including African swine fever, may be transmitted via livestock feed, but there isn’t enough data to establish regulations to address the risk.

Pathogens, including African swine fever virus, may be transmitted via livestock feed, but there isn’t enough data to establish regulations to address the risk, said Cassandra Jones, Ph.D., associate professor at Kansas State University, in her presentation at the Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference, in St. Louis. In the absence of protective rules, feed mills can take certain steps to avoid the potential for feed ingredients to act as a vector for microscopic threats. The main advice Jones had for avoiding pathogens in feeds was to avoid high-risk ingredients from high-risk countries.