Encouraging new research from Pipestone Veterinary Services appears in BMC Veterinary Research which suggests it may be possible to secure feed against the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The study says “preliminary evidence that a means to ‘biosecure’ feed against a globally significant virus may be possible.”

“Every day pork producers and consumers feel the impact of PED virus,” said Daryl Schraad, Kemin president of the animal nutrition and health division in North America. “Study findings such as those discovered by Pipestone Veterinary Services are needed to lessen the devastation of this virus.”

Lead author of the study, Dr. Scott Dee, director of research at Pipestone Veterinary Services, noted, “Now more than ever, sound science and public/private partnerships are needed to provide the most effective options for risk management in this challenging situation.”

Kemin funded the research study at the request of Pipestone Veterinary Services and has marketed Sal CURB, the product used in the study, for nearly 20 years. Sal CURB is a formaldehyde blended product designed to maintain Salmonella-negative status of complete feeds and feed ingredients for up to 21 days. Formaldehyde is an ingredient regulated by the FDA as an antimicrobial and can be used as part of a comprehensive risk management program.