Background

The Department of Agriculture announced March 6 the following additional steps to keep African swine fever from entering the U.S. as the disease spreads internationally.

- working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to train and add 60 additional beagle teams, yielding a total of 179 teams working at key U.S. commercial, sea, and air ports

- coordinating with CBP on the further expansion of arrival screenings at key U.S. commercial sea and air ports, including checking cargo for illegal pork and pork products and ensuring that travelers who pose an ASF risk receive secondary agricultural inspection

- working closely with officials in Canada and Mexico on a coordinated approach to ASF defense, response, and trade maintenance

USDA and partner groups are also continuing to work through different planning and response exercises in case ASF does enter the U.S. These exercises cover trade implications, policy discussions, and boots-on-the-ground realities of a response.

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