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This week we start in Hong Kong, where the government is considering a series of long-term precautionary measures to keep bird flu outside the territory. To avoid live poultry slaughtering in wet markets or back alleys, a site near the boundary has been identified for the proposed central poultry slaughtering plant, which will come into operation in 2009, the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said.

India and China, the world's two emerging economies, have had to sit down and discuss the latest challenge to their growth - bird flu. China has seen repeated outbreaks of avian influenza, while India is trying to cope with outbreaks coming to light, reports the Times of India.
     Both have lost huge bucks. The domestic poultry industry has estimated that losses have crossed Rs 7,000 crore and are rising at Rs 200 crore a day.

In this weeks China Broiler Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that the resumption of live chicken deliveries to Hong Kong on Mar 26 had boosted broiler prices in Guangdong and Guangxi.
     Meanwhile, broiler demand in China is expected to improve with the approach of Qing Ming Festival. In the near term, broiler prices are seen stable to higher.

The Shenzhen government in Guangzhou province in China is considering setting up central slaughterhouses for live poultry to prevent bird flu. Local poultry dealers and residents have voiced their displeasure after an order banned the slaughter of live poultry in early March.
     They said the order had inconvenienced their businesses and lives, as many people preferred buying fresh poultry instead of processed meat.

Severely hit by an avian flu scare, India's poultry industry was Sunday granted a four percent reduction in interest on loans to enable it to tide over the crisis caused by the large-scale culling of birds in the affected region.

Thailand’s chicken processors say they will soon recover their export sales, badly damaged by the bird flu crisis, by offering their international customers premium, cooked products.
     Exports of cooked poultry pieces have already increased by 38% since 2004, when the ban on fresh meat encouraged processors to look for new opportunities.

Burma's Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department has announced the recent bird flu outbreak in the country has been brought under control, local media have reported.
     The country has so far destroyed 226 chicken and 63 quail farms, culling some 140,000 chickens and 130,000 quails in its efforts to contain bird flu, which broke out in the country's two divisions in late February this year, Eastday reported.

In Afghanistan, health authorities are investigating the death of three children on suspicion they might have had died of bird flu, a Public Health Ministry official said on Thursday.
     The H5N1 virus was confirmed in chickens in the Afghan capital and an eastern province this month and is assumed to have spread to five other provinces.

In Iraq, the WHO said today that avian flu infections were under control and that prevention programmes have achieved results. "The dangerous situation... is under control, due to the good partnership that the Iraqi government has developed with us," said a spokeswoman for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office.
     "Poultry is safe for consumption in Iraq, but families should cook the birds well." According to the spokesperson, two human deaths from bird flu have been confirmed in Iraq since January.
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Israeli Agriculture Minister Ze'ev Boim, told the cabinet last week that Israel took action more quickly than other countries faced with a bird flu outbreak. Boim said that in nine days some 1.2 million poultry from 53 chicken farms in 14 different communities were destroyed and buried.
     By comparison, he said, it took 23 days to destroy and bury the poultry at one site in Japan. When the flu reappeared at another site, it took the Japanese 31 days to destroy and bury the birds, reports JPost.

The World Bank on Wednesday approved a $50 million credit for Nigeria's efforts to prevent the spread of bird flu, the bank said in a statement. Funds for the Nigerian project were made available through a special program the bank had approved in January to help countries contain Avian flu through early detection and rapid response measures.
     "It aims to prevent the further spread of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza to other parts of Nigeria not yet infected by the virus," the bank said of the project.

Latin American and Caribbean countries are among the least well-prepared in the world for bird flu and must work quickly to get ready for its arrival, international officials said on Friday.
     Very little of the money devoted to building up public health infrastructure ahead of possible H5N1 influenza outbreaks has gone to Latin America, even though many countries in the region rank among the worst-prepared in the world, the officials told a meeting of diplomats and large non-governmental organizations.

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The USDA is to start testing for Salmonella bacteria in plants that process turkeys, reports the Des Moines Register. The Agriculture Department for years has been doing similar carcass testing in plants that slaughter hogs, cattle and chickens.
     The testing in turkey plants is due to start in May or June, they report. It's part of a broader plan to reduce the number of Salmonella infections, which have been rising even as illnesses from other types of food-borne germs, such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Listeria, have been declining.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to make several changes to the Exotic Newcastle disease domestic quarantine regulations. The proposed changes include harmonizing the foreign and domestic regulations regarding the movement of dressed carcasses and alternative procedures for treating manure and litter.

In Slovenia, poultry-processing companies have reported a 20% drop in sales of poultry meat in February and, according to preliminary data, a 15% drop in March in comparison with 2005, after bird flu was first confirmed in early February.
     According to data from the Chamber of Commerce's food industry association, production of poultry meat was 25% below plans in February and on a par year-on-year, while it was 18% down in March in comparison with March 2005.

In Belgium, if no cases of bird flu are reported, the compulsory lock-up order for poultry could be lifted at the end of May, the Federal Food Agency said on Tuesday. Belgium introduced a nation-wide lock-up for poultry on March 1 as the avian bird flu virus raced across the European continent.
     "The lock-up order will definitely not be lifted in April. But if the situation does not change, we could lift the compulsory lock-up order by the end of the month of May." food agency spokesman Pierre Cassart said.

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In the UK, opposition MPs have told Defra secretary Margaret Beckett that she must give more thought to the possibility of introducing interim single farm payments, because so many producers are desperate for money. Jim Paice, Tory agricultural spokesman, told the minister that payment delays were costing the industry £10-12m /month.
     "The first priority in the debacle is to get the money to the farmers who desperately need it. Tens of thousands of decent hard-working family farmers were promised their payments, which in many cases cover up to one third of their income."

A new testing kit for Salmonella promises to deliver results in less than a day. Salmonella is one of the food industry's most problematic food-poisoning bacteria. In 2004 the most frequently reported zoonotic diseases in humans were salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, with the most deadly being listerious, according to a European Commission report.
     Eggs, poultry meat and pork are the major sources of human Salmonella infections. UK-based Biotrace International claims its Tecra Unique Salmonella test provides a simple and rapid method to detect Salmonella spp. in food and environmental samples in less than 22 hours.

The NFU has welcomed a new web-based system that aims to save England’s farmers time and money. The Whole Farm Approach is now available to the country’s 120,000 farms and provides farmers with the opportunity to start simplifying the way they do business with the Government. Defra claim the system will cut the amount of red tape affecting the industry and could save up to £28 million a year.

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Hybro BV has appointed Ms. Elena Tarasova as sales coordinator at Hybro’s Moscow office, with effect from March 6, 2006. Elena (21) graduated from the Moscow State University of Foreign Relations, with specialisation in foreign economic affairs, and from the Moscow University of Foreign languages with specialisation in philology, translating to Spanish and English.
     “We have been established in former Soviet Union (C.I.S.) since 1965”, explains Hybro’s area manager in Central and Eastern Europe, Bart Feijen.

*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 2 new features this week

Quality Control In Feed Manufacturing
By Frank T. Jones, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas and published in Avitech's Technical Bulletin - Feed manufacturers are often forced by circumstances to focus on short-term concerns such as: How many tonnes were produced this week, how many customers do I have, or how much down time did I have this week? While important, short-term problems can cause manufacturers to focus on solving problems rather than pursuing the company’s mission.

Nitrogen Emissions from Broilers Measured by Mass Balance Over 18 Consecutive Flocks
By C. D. Coufal, C. Chavez, P. R. Niemeyer, and J. B. Carey, Texas A&M University and published by Poultry Science - Emission of nitrogen in the form of ammonia from poultry rearing facilities has been an important topic for the poultry industry because of concerns regarding the effects of ammonia on the environment.

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