Hosting International Visitors? Be Safe, Follow Pork Industry Guidelines

( National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff )

U.S. pork production is a global business. With the ongoing threat of foreign animal disease and the traffic of international visitors coming from all parts of the world touring U.S. farms, packing and processing plants, research facilities and more, it’s important to take a close look at your protocol before hosting visitors.

The National Pork Board, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, released guidelines for international visitors and U.S. hosts.

Six Guidelines for International Visitors
Visitors must:
1.    Be pre-approved by hosting organization/party and the appropriate representative for each location being visited.
2.    Receive written biosecurity policies in advance of trip and provide written verification of their receipt and acceptance prior to arrival in the U.S.
3.    Provide written verification that they have observed at least five days of no contact with swine prior to arriving in the U.S.
4.    Shower (in the U.S.) prior to arrival to a U.S. swine facility. Wear new or clean clothes and footwear that have never been worn around swine or in areas where swine are housed or pass through.
5.    Not bring any personal items, other than eyeglasses that can be disinfected, onto a site.
6.    Avoid direct animal contact or entry into pens.

Five Reminders for Host Locations
Hosts must: 
1.    Have a site-specific biosecurity plan.
2.    Designate a parking area away from animal for locations that animals are housed or passed through.
3.    Offer shower-in/shower-out facilities.
4.    Provide disposable camera or site-specific camera if photos are allowed.
5.    Designate a visitor escort at all times. 

Download the complete guidelines and post in your facility to keep this information easily accessible for your team.