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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 19th January 2004

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We start our newsletter this week in South East Asia, where Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been confirmed in several countries, namely Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

As Malaysia is one of the biggest poultry exporters in South East Asia, farmers are on high alert against bird flu and they have asked the government to step up measures to ensure their farms remain free from the disease.

In Taiwan, Some 35,000 chickens on a farm in Chiayi County are to be slaughtered in an effort to contain the transmission of bird flu, the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture said. The council said that as a precautionary measure five additional chicken farms within a 1km radius of the affected farm had undergone thorough inspection and that all samples had returned negative results to the virus tests.

In China, authorities have taken quick steps to prevent bird flu from spreading. To date the Ministry of Agriculture has imposed bans on the imports of ROK, Japanese and Vietnamese avian products. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the bird flu is largely transmitted through bird droppings and uncooked meat, doubting the need to ban imports of chicken meat by some countries.

In Japan, concerns are rising among researchers that if the bird flu mutates into a human influenza virus, the international medical community will be hard-pressed to come up with enough doses of an effective vaccine in time.

In Thailand, officials insist the country is free of bird ‘flu, and prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra claimed on Saturday that the WHO has confirmed that the country is free from the virus. However, FoodProductionDaily.com reports that there is a great deal of international scepticism over this. “This affects Europe,” British Poultry Council chief executive Peter Bradnock told. “It is a major concern because the EU is a huge export market for Thai poultry.

Meanwhile, the Thai government has tightened controls of its chicken industry in a bid to eradicate the serious outbreak of fowl cholera and bronchitis. Officials joined an emergency meeting of livestock officials and poultry exporters to map out a strategy to fight the cholera epidemic.

In the Philippenes, chicken growers have urged the Department of Agriculture to ban chicken imports from anywhere in Asia to prevent the spread of the bird flu and bird cholera epidemics plaguing several countries in the region. "An import ban would protect the Philippine poultry population from the fowl cholera and avian flu plaguing Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Indonesia", the president of the Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators said.

In the UK, Defra has launched a consultation on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee report on Vets and Veterinary Services, that was published last October. "I would urge industry to respond to the consultation over the next three months to help with our response to the EFRA committee" said Animal Health Minister Ben Bradshaw.

Rocketing feed costs are pushing up poultry production costs making a substantial price increase in poultry meat inevitable says the British Poultry Council. Widespread drought in the UK and across cereal producing areas of the world has cut harvests, particularly of feed wheat, and cereal prices have leapt as a result. UK feed wheat, which makes up almost two thirds of poultry diets, has doubled in the last twelve months.

In the US, Agricultural Research Service scientists have found several promising intestinal bacteria, called probiotics that could protect live chickens from Salmonella, Campylobacter and other pathogens that cause foodborne illness in people who eat poultry.

ARS scientists have also discovered that adding Vitamin E to the diets of turkeys may further reduce the likelihood of consumers contracting Listeria monocytogenes, a serious foodborne illness. The ARS National Animal Disease Center found that supplementing turkeys' diets with the vitamin stimulates their immune responses, helping them clear the gut of the microorganism that causes the disease.

Arsenic concentrations in chicken are higher than previously recognized and may demand adjustments when estimating human exposure to the toxin through diet, according to DailyNewsOnline.com. The new report, published in the January edition of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, contends that arsenic levels are three to four times higher in poultry than other meats, stemming from the use of certain chicken feed additives.

That's all for this week. Best wishes for 2004

Ed.


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