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* News Overview (link to ALL this weeks news)

This week we start in the US, where French civil servants are to join European officials being trained about US food safety norms. This follows the US banning imports of French goose liver pate and cold cuts, the WTO said last Thursday.

A District Court Judge has turned down the lawsuit filed by former IBP shareholders against Tyson Foods that alleged the companies top executives made false claims about why the company wanted to scuttle a deal to buy rival IBP. Tyson eventually went through with the deal, under a Delaware state court order, in September 2001 and became the largest U.S. meat company.

Food safety firm Electric Aquagenics Unlimited has developed a water electrolysis disinfectant system that it claims could revolutionise the way in which the poultry industry operates, according to The process is reportedly capable of sanitising and cleaning surfaces and foods without toxicity to the consumer or the environment.

Canadian food safety officials are said to be considering a total ban on ruminant protein from all livestock feed. Many researchers believe that BSE is spread from animal to animal through prions in the feed. Currently in Canada as well as in the US, feed manufacturers and livestock producers can feed rations containing ruminant protein to non-ruminants, mainly pigs and poultry.

Health Canada has advised that poultry products and eggs from areas experiencing an outbreak of avian flu do not pose a risk to human health for avian flu, as the virus is known to be killed at temperatures above 72ºC. However, it is recommended whole poultry be cooked to 85ºC and other poultry products and eggs to 74ºC to ensure microbial food safety reports to Medical News Today.

The European Commission is providing €12 million for a new project that aims to improve the quality of animal products. A virtual European laboratory will be created to study the genomics of host-pathogen interactions. Bringing together 14 partners from ten countries, the network will be dedicated to the major farm animal species, including farmed fish.

In the UK, partnership between the farming, veterinary, companion and wildlife sectors and Government will be key to turning round Animal Health and Welfare in Britain, Defra Minister Ben Bradshaw said Thursday. Mr Bradshaw was launching a ten year Strategy for Great Britain and Implementation Plan for England to set the direction for improving animal health and welfare among livestock.

The UK's 2nd largest duck grower and processor went into administration last Monday. Norfolk-based Manor Farm Ducklings had a 24% share of the market and was one of Europe's largest producers of Peking duck. Sales were about £17m per year, but the company had suffered cash-flow problems for some time, according to Duncan Swift of administrator Grant Thornton.

The Philippines is aiming to become a major exporter of poultry products as it taps new markets, among them the Middle East, Hong Kong, and South Korea, says The Inquirer. A Philippine commercial poultry raisers spokesman noted that the country has already eaten up a significant portion of Thailand's share in Japan's $300-million market for imported chicken.

The price of broiler chicken in Pakistan has increased Rs 14 in the past one week. This is due to shortage of stocks as farmers face heavy mortality amid extreme weather conditions. Kamal Akhter, secretary of Poultry Association of Pakistan (PAP), said that farmers faced serious mortality problems during the past days due to hot and humid weather conditions in the country.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this 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 4 new features this week

Effect of Heat Stress on Production Parameters and Immune Responses of Commercial Laying Hens
By M. M. Mashaly, G. L. Hendricks, III, A. O. Abbas, and P. H. Patterson, Pennsylvania State University, M. A. Kalama, Minofiya University, Egypt and A. E. Gehad, National Research Center, Giza - This article contains an abstract from the Poultry Science Association's June 2004 journal.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - June 2004
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

Poultry Outlook Report - June 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the June 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that despite strong wholesale prices for most broiler products, production has been expanding at only a moderate rate.

Understanding and Control of Gangrenous Dermatitis in Poultry Houses
By Dustan Clark, Extension Veterinarian, Susan Watkins, Extension Poultry Specialist, Frank Jones, Extension Poultry Specialist Section Leader and Bob Norton, Assistant Professor - University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. This article looks at the problem of Gangrenous Dermatitis and discusses methods of prevention and control.

That's all for this week.

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