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Animal Disease; Animal Welfare Preemption; Cell-Cultured Meat

Animal Disease It’s back! After the hog market was disrupted in 2014/15 by the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), a new case has been discovered in Alberta on a 400-head farrow-to-finish operation. The discovery was made on 3 January and reported by a private veterinarian. This is Alberta’s first case. In 2017, there were about 50 sites in Manitoba with confirmed cases of PEDv. The disease was a major factor during the previous 2014 outbreak when pig losses drove hog prices to record highs. Typically, PEDv occurrences are reduced in the hotter summer weather (the 2014 outbreaks were confined to the winter months). Last week about 2,665 feeder pigs entered the U.S. from Alberta. Meanwhile, another case of virule...

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