Quick Start PED Control for Provincial Meat Processors
What you can do to help

As a licensed abattoir operator, you play a significant role in controlling Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a disease that is having a significant impact on Ontario's pork industry. While PED is not a food safety or human health issue, it is very serious for piglets.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food strongly encourages you to consider the following best management practices that will go a long way to make sure your plant is not a source of PED contamination for Ontario swine farms.

Focus on Truck/Plant Connection

The most important part of preventing the spread of PED virus for meat plants, and where you should focus your attention and efforts, is where vehicles and the plant connect. This includes the chute and the staff movements between vehicles and your plant.

Best Management Practices

People traffic

Eliminate cross-traffic in the yard, on the ramp and within the plant.

  • Drivers should be restricted to the truck and unloading area. Only drivers should go into the back of the trailer or truck to direct animals toward the chute.
  • Drivers should not enter the barns or plant.
  • Properly trained plant staff should be present for all deliveries of animals (no unattended deliveries). If staff are required to help with unloading animals, suitable precautions should be taken to ensure that their boots and clothes are changed or disinfected before returning to the plant.
  • Ensure plant staff do not walk where the delivery drivers have walked.
  • Have footwear that is only worn inside the plant.
  • If plant staff must go outside, they should wear different footwear outside and follow proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures when returning to the plant, including changing their footwear.
  • Staff should wash hands between the barn and the plant and change outer clothing and footwear.
  • Place barriers, change clothes and boots, and wash hands between dirty and clean areas within the plant.

Chute

Increase your efforts to keep the chute and unloading area clean.

  • Wash and disinfect the chute between each load of pigs.
  • Understand and use approved and effective disinfectants; follow directions and contact time (OMAF inspectors can provide a list of several disinfectants that are known to be effective against PED).
  • Ideally, clean chute and ramp with high pressure, hot water and detergent before disinfecting. Scrub by hand as needed until all visible manure is gone. (This may be challenging as many chutes are made of wood, and weather conditions may hamper your efforts.)

Consider these additional measures for added protection:

  • In some cases, consider rebuilding the chute area to allow the driver to get in and out of the truck or trailer without walking anywhere plant staff has to walk (chute extenders may be available).
  • Build a cover over the ramp to keep it from freezing after washing.
  • Have a plan to contain or drain all material washed off the end of the chute.
  • Seal chute with paint or other appropriate products as weather permits.
  • To separate clean and dirty areas, a Danish entry could be added.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAF Staff
Creation Date: 10 February 2014
Last Reviewed: 10 February 2014