The National Pork Board is earmarking an additional $650,000 for research to halt the further spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV).
While it has no impact on food safety, National Pork Board President Karen Richter says the virus has clear implications for the pork industry, in terms of supplying pork to consumers.
PEDV has surfaced in 26 states, and president of Adel-based
Paragon Economics Steve Meyer estimates the loss of more than 5 million piglets in the past several months, with over 1 million lost in January alone.
According to the Pork Checkoff, part of the supplemental funding of $650,000 will be used for researching the possible role feed may play in PEDV transmission. Another portion of the funds will examine sow immunity and to better understand transmission and biosecurity risks.