The National Pork Producers Council has formed a new Animal Health and Food Security Committee to find science-based ways to address these and other emerging issues.

The committee is comprised of 17 members with expertise in swine health, welfare and food security issues.

“Since Sept. 11, 2001, concerns have been raised about the potential for terrorism aimed at the nation’s food supply,” says Joy Philippi, a pork producer from Bruning, NE, who chairs the new committee. “Food safety is a high priority for all stakeholders in the pork industry and we are all going to have to be increasingly vigilant about enhancing security measures on the farm level.”