IPPE: Speakers discuss biosecurity strategy

By Line Svanevik

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Biosecurity strategies to minimise animal health and food safety risks should consist of carefully considered rules and procedures, said speakers at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

Referring to the term biosecurity, the speakers discussed preventative measures to reduce the risk of transmission, in addition to ensuring a culture dedicated to reducing it.

Director of veterinary services at Perdue Farms David Shapiro claimed documents should be less exhaustive and more comprehensive. He said: “Biosecurity rules are intended to reduce risk, but if they are incomprehensible, overwhelming, ignored, outdated or essentially useless, it’s time for an overhaul.

“Set priorities. If you are considering a new rule, do not think about the rule; think about how much it reduces the risk of disease transmission.”

DVM Carl Heeder, of global animal healthy company Zoetis, said spontaneous generation of disease did not exist, which meant outbreaks indicated a failure in biosecurity.

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