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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 10th July 2006

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This week we start in Spain, where the outbreak of avian flu may have been introduced by wild birds that carried the virus from the Mediterranean, a U.K.-based conservation society said.
     The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the infection July 7 in a great crested grebe found dead at Salburua Lake, near the city of Vitoria in Spain's northern Basque country.

The risk of avian flu re-entering the UK will be higher between August and November when wild birds typically fly through the country during winter migration, a government report said.
     Outbreaks of the lethal H5N1 avian influenza strain during the Northern Hemisphere autumn in countries along wild bird flyways that overlap the U.K. would also increase the probability of infection, Defra said.

Deans Foods and Stonegate are to merge under the common ownership of a new company, Noble Foods. The new company will be equally owned by Peter Dean (Deans), who will become chairman and Michael Kent (Stonegate) who will be chief executive of the enlarged group.
     Noble Foods will become the leading supplier of eggs and egg products in the UK, accounting for more than 46% of production.

Large-scale pig and poultry producers in the West Midlands are being invited to a series of workshops which aim to explain how new pollution regulations will work, reports the NFU.

EU officials should conduct genetic tests on poultry carrying the H5N1 strain of bird flu to determine whether containment measures are working, a scientist said.
     “You might have bird flu on two neighboring farms, but that does not necessarily mean the virus spread from one to the other,” Claude Muller, a researcher at the National Public Health Laboratory in Luxembourg, said.

Europeans are well informed about avian influenza and have confidence in the actions of EU and national authorities to tackle it, but significant gaps in knowledge remain about the risks, according to a special Eurobarometer survey on avian influenza published Saturday.

The EU has banned imports of ostriches, emus and their meat from two districts in South Africa after a strain of bird flu was found on a farm in the country's southwest, an EU official said on Wednesday.
     The ban will remain until the end of October and apply to live ostriches, emus, their eggs, meat and meat products from Mossel Bay and Riversdale in Western Cape province, where the H5N2 strain of the disease was detected recently.

Smithfield Foods, Inc announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the European meats business of Sara Lee Corporation for $575 million, plus the assumption of pension-related liabilities in an amount not to exceed $39 million.

The EC has decided to launch an investigation into the measures taken to deal with the bird flu crisis in Italy. At this stage, the aid provided for the scheme seems difficult to justify in the light of State aid rules.

The EU has decided to extend its ban on imports on poultry products and pet birds from Turkey until the end of 2006. The EU had suspended the imports from Turkey in 2005 following an outbreak of bird flu which killed at least four teenagers.

Zimbabwe's Department of Veterinary Services has allayed fears of an Avian Influenza outbreak in the resort town of Victoria Falls following the deaths of wild birds in neighboring Livingstone, Zambia.      Speaking at a committee meeting on Friday, a DVS spokesman said fears of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus outbreak were "just a scare," according to Peoples Daily Online.
Nigeria has been infected multiple times with H5N1 bird flu probably carried by migratory birds from southern Russia and northern Europe or introduced by imported chickens, scientists said on Wednesday.
     After analysing samples from infected birds on two farms in south-western Nigeria they found the viruses were genetically distinct from each other and from H5N1 found in the north of the country.

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In Indonesia, a 3-year-old girl who died this week has tested positive for bird flu, a Health Ministry official said on Friday, citing a local test.
     If confirmed by a WHO laboratory, the girl will be the 41st bird flu death in Indonesia, where the virus has killed millions of fowl and which has had more human deaths this year than any other country.

In the Philippines, San Miguel Foods Inc., has resumed exporting chicken to Japan almost a year after Tokyo banned Philippine poultry shipments in the wake of the bird flu scare. The Poultry Export Board said over the weekend that San Miguel Foods shipped an initial 10 metric tons a few weeks ago.

Vietnam will soon lift an official ban on raising ducks because no outbreaks of bird flu in poultry have been reported since December, an agriculture ministry official said today.

The Thai government is hoping that the country can be completely free of the deadly bird flu virus in three years, after eight months without an outbreak, Agriculture Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said Thursday.
     "We can effectively control the bird flu virus. We have been free of the virus for 239 days as of today, while neighboring countries are still reporting outbreaks," Sudarat said.

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Almost 200 chickens in northern Thai province of Phichit were culled and buried Wednesday morning to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, the Thai News Agency reported.
     The culling of the poultry was carried out at Mab Krapao village, Sam Ngam district, which was declared an animal disease infection area last week after more than 1,000 local domestic chickens died from unknown causes.

Hundreds of domestic poultry died in a village in northern Thailand Phet last week, and villagers cooked and ate them without regard to possible bird flu, local medical officials reported last week.

In India, the bird flu-hit poultry industry has cautioned the government that the prices of poultry products would rise substantially if the poultry farmers are not provided timely assistance to restock their farms.

Russia could have its first peroral vaccine for birds against the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza by the end of this year, the head of an institute working on the vaccine said Wednesday.
     Eduard Dzhavadov, the director of St. Petersburg's Veterinary Institute of Poultry Breeding, said the vaccine being developed by his organization and the it is to be administered with food and water rather than intravenously.

In New Zealand, the Food Safety Authority says decontamination washes may be the answer to the high incidence of the bug Campylobacter in chicken. An Otago University study says New Zealand has the world's highest reported human infection rates from the bacteria.
     The researchers have called for a ban on sales of fresh chicken, but the authority's principal microbiologist, Roger Cook, says a wash of chlorine and salt could rid poultry of Campylobacter.
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In the US, the USDA is implementing a new program that will give it the ability to know exactly where the meat comes from. In an effort to eliminate disease, the program would require farmers to tag or electronically chip their livestock. A group against this program spoke out Sunday in Conway.
     With recent outbreaks of food born illness, like mad cow disease, federal officials want all meat traceable to its origin within 48 hours.

A consumer advocacy group yesterday released the names of poultry processors whose plants failed federal standards for Salmonella, calling for increased testing and tougher legislation to reduce the foodborne pathogen.
     Food & Water Watch claimed that the 'name and shame' information shows the USDA is not doing enough to reduce Salmonella at poultry plants.

USDA’s end-of-June reports are slightly constructive for both corn and soybean prices for the next few days, but price trends into July and August will be led by weather developments.

Researchers with the USDA's ARS have designed feed supplements for poultry and other farm animals that not only boost nutrition, but also reduce the amount of potentially harmful phosphorus escaping into the environment.

In Brazil, 16 chickens died this week of Newcastle disease in a small town in Rio Grande do Sul, but that doesn't worry the country's massive chicken export industry as much as another outbreak of bird flu in Europe, according to eFeedLink.
     When Newcastle disease, which does not pose a health risk to humans, was reported here Thursday on a private property not connected to the local chicken industry, trade groups barely blinked an eye.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week

Defining and measuring quality in day old broilers
By Ron Meijerhof, Senior Technical Specialist, Hybro B.V., Boxmeer, The Netherlands - The quality of the day-old chick is important not only for minimising mortality in the first days of life, but also as an indicator of final performance.
Why Incubator Temperature Differs From Egg Shell Temperature
By Dr. Marleen Boerjan, Embryologist, Pas Reform - The most critical factor in commercial incubation is the temperature that the developing embryo experiences.
Ten Key Facts About Avian Influenza
By The European Commission - This article explains the key facts about Avian influenza including advice on the consumption of poultry.
Managing Emerging and Reemerging Diseases in Poultry
By Sharon Durham, USDA's Agricultural Research Service - The U.S. poultry industry depends on the annual production of billions of healthy birds—mostly chickens and turkeys—that end up in hundreds of different food products.

Nicholas - The Turkey for the 21st Century
Nicholas - The Turkey for the 21st Century

That's all for this week!

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