With up to a 100 percent mortality rate in pigs, African Swine Fever continues to spread in Asia, Europe and Africa. DHS S&T is meeting this emerging threat now with a newly published Master Question List.
Food and Agriculture
S&T released today the ASF Master Question List (MQL), a comprehensive resource that provides an up-to-date authoritative summary of publicly available information about the virus to promote coordinated research and improved emergency response preparedness.
African Swine Fever (ASF) is a high-threat foreign animal disease that is highly transmissible and results in up to 100% mortality in swine.
Funding intended to ensure visibility into food supply chains from farm to point of purchase.
S&T’s patent-pending process for foot-and-mouth disease vaccine creation is a global game-changer for one of the most destructive livestock diseases on the planet.
The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. These temporary flexibilities will not weaken or eliminate protections for U.S. workers.
DHS S&T and MatMaCorp completed a successful evaluation of a field-deployable genetic test to detect African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in infected pigs and pork products.
DHS S&T intensified vaccine research efforts in collaboration with USDA by creating an African Swine Fever Task Force, based out of S&T PIADC in New York state.
To help mitigate the interruption of lifeline supply chains, researchers at a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Center of Excellence, the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), are developing new ways of identifying and understanding how and where supply chains are vulnerable to disruptions. As part of this work, research teams are also finding methods to document and assess the components of food supply chains – something that could also help meet goals of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
FPDI has developed an early prototype software tool for supply chain mapping, vulnerability assessments and analysis called Criticality Spatial Analysis (CRISTAL). Through CRISTAL, FPDI aims to develop a new capability to: (1) define and document food critical infrastructure, and (2) assess risk in the global food supply chain.
FPDI defends the safety and security of the food system by conducting research to protect against vulnerabilities in the food supply chain, from farm to table, and to reduce the potential catastrophic attacks on public health and the economy.