Producers and lawmakers have concerns about the mandatory PEDv reporting program announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – according to the Pork Network. Iowa Congressman Steve King’s main concern is the possibility that producer confidentiality will be breached – which could mean activists could use the information against the pork industry.
King is also concerned about federal records that would be compiled by the order. Minnesota Pork Producers Executive Director Dave Preisler says his goal is to keep the reporting process simple while protecting producer confidentiality. He says submission requirements include a herd’s premises ID number, the date the sample was collected, the type of farm, the test method used for the diagnosis and the diagnostic test results – and those will only be reported if the herd is positive. But his organization is looking at just reporting the premises ID number.