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This week we start in Canada, where authorities have discovered a new case of bird flu in a duck and goose farm in western Canada, but health officials said it is probably not the strain that has killed 24 people in Asia. "Preliminary serology tests have found an H5 virus," Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) spokesman said.

Canadian authorities reported progress in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, despite news services reporting signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area, according to CIDRAP News.

The United States closed its borders to all birds and poultry parts from Asian countries affected with a deadly strain of bird flu, the USDA said on Monday. The decision expands a USDA import ban, announced in early February, to include all unprocessed poultry products and pet birds from countries with the H5N1 strain.

The National Chicken Council welcomed the news that the USDA will devote $13.7 million to avian influenza eradication, including funding for a new national program. The USDA program will address the need for biosecurity in the live bird market system as well as the commercial industry, according to the USDA announcement.

The average American ate more than 254 eggs in 2003, up 8.8 percent since 1995, according to the American Egg Board, an industry group. Most of those eggs were scrambled. The increase in egg consumption may be because of the popularity of low-carb, high-protein diets, said the chief marketing officer for Denny's, the restaurant chain that conducted the survey.
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Restrictions on the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in the EU have relevance for poultry producers worldwide, claim the authors of a paper presented at this month's South Brazil Poultry Symposium. This was due to the worldwide trend for more AGP-free food, according to eFeedLink.

The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government decided Wednesday to resume, from now on, the import of frozen chicken from the United States, since the bird flu in the country has been taken under control, according to Xinhuanet.

Thailand has officially declared that the bird flu epidemic is over and its poultry farms are now free of avian influenza virus, Xinhua reports. "There are no red alert zones left," said Somsak Thepsuthin, the Thai agriculture and cooperatives minister.

Thai egg prices look set to rise dramatically as a result of farmers going out of business because of the high cost of chickens and new regulations governing farms. Chicken farmers said that price rises were inevitable if they were forced to close down. Banchang Ung, a representative of Nakhon Pathom farmers, said more than 1,000 egg producers in Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri had already gone out of business.

In Pakistan, poultry farmers on Sunday rejected reports about the spread of bird flu in the Masehra district terming them baseless and unfounded. The President of the Mansehra Poultry Association said that reports about bird flu in Mansehra district were deliberately being floated under a pre-planned conspiracy to damage the local poultry industry.

Europe's governments have turned their noses up at a EU proposal to scrap labels like "British beef" and replace them with an "EU origin" logo. Discussions in Ireland between farm ministers revealed widespread resistance to the EC's overhaul of beef labeling systems. Germany, France, the UK and eleven other countries rejected the idea despite agreeing that better information was needed in the wake of the BSE crisis.

In the UK, The National Fallen Stock Company has announced its new proposals for a National Fallen Stock Scheme, according to Defra. Chairman of the Board Michael Seals said that: "Following the delay in launching of the Scheme this Spring, we have taken the opportunity to consult with the farming industry on a new approach which would charge farmers according to their usage of the Scheme".

The NFU this week announced its support for the structure of the new national fallen stock scheme and is pleased with the approach taken by the National Fallen Stock Company. NFU President Tim Bennett said: “The NFSC has presented a fairer and more equitable scheme for the entire livestock industry.

The Government has published its strategy for developing a comprehensive surveillance programme for antimicrobial resistance in animals for England and Wales. The emergence of antimicrobial resistance as a serious problem in human medicine has led to increasing concern about the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine and animal production.

The British pig and poultry industries have announce initiatives to regain some of the recent massive drop in their respective markets. In the past year alone, imports of pork and processed products have increased by 14% to nearly 800,000 tonnes. Denmark and the Netherlands are major pigmeat suppliers, though industry sources claim a significant share comes from third countries with from systems that do not meet UK minimum legal standards.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this new regular newsletter section we aim to provide a brief overview of the new Feature articles that have been added to the site over the past week.

We have 2 new features this week

The Likely Effects of EU Enlargement
By the USDA's Economic Research Service – As ten new countries join the European Union, this report by the ERS looks in detail at what effects this will have on the EU's current agricultural market.

Performance Characteristics and Economic Comparison of Broiler Chickens Fed Wheat and Triticale-Based Diets
D. R. Korver and K. R. Lawes, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta and M. J. Zuidhof, Livestock Development Division, Pork, Poultry and Dairy Branch, Alberta Agriculture - Published by Poultry Science.

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