Rapid Access Biosecurity app: Tool for all pork producers during FAD

Most larger companies have already included their Secure Pork Supply information in program, now focusing on independent farms in Missouri to join.


Source: University of Missouri Extension 

via National Hog Farmer - Aug 04, 2022


The Rapid Access Biosecurity app can help in the event of a transboundary or foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States, says Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri swine extension veterinarian. The web-based RAB app helps pork farmers get their Secure Pork Supply Plans in a format regulatory officials can access quickly when needed and approve plans and provide permits when requested.


"The RAB app securely and electronically stores farm information for quick access," she says. "Speed is key in a foreign animal disease response."


Bromfield says most larger companies have already included their information in this program, so they are now focusing on independent farms in Missouri to join. "We don't want independent producers to miss out on the same opportunities as the big companies have here," Bromfield says.


The faster it is known where potentially affected farms are, the better regulatory officials can respond, she says. "Knowing which farms are unlikely to be affected is just as important as knowing the potentially affected ones," Bromfield says. "Because if we don't have any understanding of the farm, it will get categorized as risky until proven otherwise."


Secure Pork Supply through the National Pork Board and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is a business continuity plan in the face of a transboundary or foreign animal disease in the United States. It includes evaluation of biosecurity on farms before a disease event to help ensure that pigs will stay safe and healthy.


Infected farms will be quarantined to help control the spread of disease. There will be a control and surveillance zone surrounding the infected farms where other farms may also be quarantined.


Farms in the control and surveillance zone that have a Secure Pork Supply Plan in place have the best chance of keeping the disease off their farm and being able to apply for permitted movement.


"When high pathogenic avian influenza was detected at Missouri poultry farms, those farms were quarantined, and many were depopulated. Farms nearby needed to take additional precautions to keep their birds safe and healthy," says Bromfield...