The North American Spray Dried Blood and Plasma Products Association (NASDBPPA) recently conducted controlled experiments, along with FDA, testing the hypothesis that spray-dried porcine plasma may contain infective doses of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). According to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, NASDBPP released a report regarding the results of this research, stating, “The results of these experiments support the conclusion that spray-dried porcine plasma is a safe feed ingredient. The manufacturing process under industry standards inactivates PEDV. However, like any feed ingredient, post-processing contamination is a constant risk and may be the cause of the infective PEDV found on porcine plasma as reported by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).”

In February 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a statement announcing that, as a precautionary measure, Grand Valley Fortifiers had issued a voluntary recall for certain pelleted swine nursery feed products containing porcine plasma.

At that time, CFIA stated, “Testing has determined that PED virus was present in samples of US-origin plasma obtained at the third-party manufacturer for Grand Valley Fortifiers. This plasma was used as an ingredient in feed pellets produced by the company. Testing with a swine bioassay has determined that the plasma ingredient contains PED virus capable of causing disease in pigs.”

Visit the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ website to learn more about the outcome of the NASDBPP research.