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This week, we start in Canada where, despite a cull of 19 million birds and strict quarantine measures, avian flu is still marching across western Canada, and has now infected nearly 50 farms.

The avian flu outbreak has had a negative impact on the Canadian poultry feed grain market - an impact that will only get worse following the expected closure of B.C. poultry barns in June, says Resource News. Industry officials say it will take up to a year for feed grain consumption to fully recover.

A Fraser Valley dairy farm will be used to dispose of the millions of chickens and turkeys that will be slaughtered due to the Avian flu outbreak reports CBC. Only birds not infected with the virus will be sent to the site just off the Sumas prairie near Abbotsford.

US Agriculture Department officials will visit Whatcom County next week in hopes of preventing the spread of bird flu from Canada. They want to talk with people who raise poultry within 10 miles of the border, a department spokeswoman said.

The National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association are launching the first-ever national trade advertising program in order to help alert supermarket meat managers about the positive features of chicken. The print ads are set to correspond with the 16th annual "September Is National Chicken Month" campaign, reports AgProfessional.

A comprehensive review of Campylobacter in poultry processing has been published by scientists from North Carolina University. According to FoodProductionDaily, the report coincides with a number of food scares related to the safety of poultry.

China is still not ready to ease the ban on U.S. poultry that it implemented in reaction to outbreaks of avian influenza, USDA Secretary Ann Veneman said Wednesday. China has requested further "scientific exchanges" with the U.S. before it begins to allow in any U.S. poultry.

In Korea, the world's first rapid diagnosis kit for the highly contagious bird flu virus has been developed, reports The Korea Times. The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) and Standard Diagnostics co-formulated the kit, which enables quarantine officials to test contamination from the virus in the field and get results within 20 minutes.

In Japan, prosecutors on Wednesday charged a chicken farm operator with covering up a bird flu outbreak that triggered a scare in the West of Japan. Hideaki Asada, the president of Asada Nosan, a chicken farm company, is accused of violating livestock hygiene laws, the Kyoto District Prosecutors Office said in a statement.

In Vietnam, Bird flu might reoccur next month when wet weather is most suitable for the development of viruses, and weakens disease-resisting ability of poultry, warned a local professor. Viruses, which may still exist in environments such as landfills in which bird flu-infected poultry are buried, can strongly develop in the transitional period between spring and summer, reports Xinhuanet.

One of the Philippines' major poultry producers, Swift Foods, Inc., said it is in the final stages of negotiations for the export of chicken parts to Japan. The bird flu outbreak, which affected many Asian countries, has created an opportunity for the Philippines to export chicken products.

In Cambodia, authorities have detected two more outbreaks of bird flu , bringing to 12 the number of places affected by the disease in the country, agriculture officials said. The latest two were reported in Takeo province, in the south, and in Kampong Cham, in the east, the Agricultural Minister said.

In the UK, a farm firm has won an RSPCA award for keeping its chickens happy by letting them play football. Lloyd Maunder puts eight inflatable balls into each of its hen houses. General manager David Lanning said: "They peck them, push them around, jump on them, balance and fall off. The move earned the company the charity's Freedom Label - as the birds are free from pain and distress and free to "express normal behaviour".

A UK researcher has warned there is a serious risk that the avian flu virus could mutate and put human beings directly at risk. Dr John McCauley, from the UK Institute for Animal Health said "Any complacency could lead to devastation for the UK poultry industry. I think the avian form of the disease has not been cleared up in any of the affected countries."

The Chilled Food Association has launched a guide to help chilled food manufacturers meet their legislative commitments and commercial requirements regarding controls on veterinary residues, just days after the Soil Association challenged residue contamination in eggs. The guide, entitled Veterinary Residues Management Guidance, will assist UK chilled food manufacturers by providing an overview of the issues and the legislation as well as clear explanations on how veterinary residues arise.

That's all for this week.

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