Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of the steps they are taking to help pork producers combat the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). The USDA announced today that they released $26.2 million in funding to combat PEDv, which has killed an estimated 7 million piglets in the last year. According to the USDA, these viruses do not pose any risk to human health or food safety.
“Today’s announcement by the USDA is welcomed news for both producers and consumers. Over the last year, consumers have seen the price of pork rise by almost 10 percent and producers have lost nearly 7 million piglets because of PEDv. I am glad the USDA is taking steps to help combat this virus and I will continue to work to ensure the necessary steps are taken to lessen the impact on producers and consumers.”