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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 7 May 2009
Thursday 7th May 2009
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Editorial: Food Safety Issues Head the News

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its report on food-borne disease outbreaks in the EU during 2007. It finds Salmonella still top of its list, causing the most recorded incidents of food poisoning. Another pathogenic bacterium associated with poultry products, Campylobacter, was the third most common cause of this type of illness.

The role of arsenic in causing human ill health is also under the spotlight, with a second court case in the US in which it is alleged that a patient developed leukaemia following exposure to poultry litter when an arsenical medication was incorporated in the feed. In Israel, it is alleged that excessive arsenic residues were found in locally produced chickens between 2003 and 2006.

Finally, food safety is also apparently at the centre of three major trade issues: the Chinese have called for the US to resume safety testing of its cooked chicken products with the view to their export to the US; the Russians continue to widen the ban on imported poultry products from countries affected by H1N1 or low-pathogenic bird flu; and the European Parliament has stopped its reevaluation of chlorine as an antimicrobial treatment in processing plants, thus effectively ending any hope of lifting the ban on imports of US poultry meat for the foreseeable future.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Comparative Assessment of Layer Hen Welfare in New Zealand
The highlights of a recent report into hen welfare in New Zealand are summarised by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite. The science-based study was conducted by Hugh Black and Neil Christensen, and it has been welcomed by the Egg Producers Federation of New Zealand.
Soil Association Publishes Organic Market Report
The Soil Association has just published its Organic Market Report 2009. The highlights for the poultry industry have been selected by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite. Last year, sales of organic food in the UK increased by 1.7 per cent but the market will be tougher in this year of the recession, the report predicts.
Mechanisms of Action for Supplemental NSP and Phytase Enzymes in Poultry Diets
End-users should work closely with the specific enzyme products to obtain the optimal outcome desired based on the mechanism of action, recommended Craig L. Wyatt, Terri Parr and Mike Bedford of AB Vista Feed Ingredients Ltd in their paper to the Carolina Poultry Nutrition Conference 2008.
New Methods for Ensuring Food Safety
Agricultural Research Service researchers have developed technology to protect pasteurised liquid eggs from food safety threats, including Salmonella enteritidis.
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* Company News

Schering-Plough Flips Switch on 1.7MW Solar System
US - Animal health and pharmaceuticals giant, Schering-Plough Corporation, has switched on a 1.7 megawatt solar energy system on the roof of its centre in New Jersey.
Aviagen Unveils New Broiler Manual
UK - Aviagen has published its new Ross broiler manual.
Top Award for Poultry Newcomers
UK - A couple who moved out of the oil business into poultry farming only four years ago are the latest winners of the Cobb Flock of the Year award.
Smart Expansion for Spain's Avilesa
SPAIN - Avilesa has commissioned Pas Reform's Spanish representative, Maker Farms, for the complete expansion and modernisation of its hatchery.
Pas Reform at 90: Still Looking Ahead
NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform looks ahead as it celebrates 90 years in the hatchery business.
Hatchery automation systems from Pas Reform
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Click here for this week's bird flu news
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » China Calls on US to Resume Chicken Testing
 » Russia Halts All Poultry Imports from German Region


 » Chinese Feed Output Increasing Year-on-Year

   United States

 » Low-Path Bird Flu Found in Tennessee
 » Award for Arkansas's Professor Kuenzel
 » Second Quarter Was Better for Tyson
 » Court Case over Litter Arsenic Link to Leukaemia
 » Use Every Part to Maximise Profit, Says Expert Panel
 » Bird Flu Found at Another Tennessee Farm
 » FSIS Revises Directive on Poultry Inspection
 » US National Poultry Museum to Open on 8 May
 » Chickens Slaughtered on Tennessee Bird Flu Farm
 » Shell Eggs Broken Down One Per Cent from Last Year
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn and Soybean Prices Diverge


 » Marketing Plan Changed to Stabilise Broiler Supply
 » NCLE Steps Up Efforts to Increase Public Awareness


 » Growth in Poultry Output Will Require More Maize
 » Duck Farmers Hit by Feed Shortage, Heat-Wave
 » Egg Exporters Call for Compartmentalisation


 » News from Poultry CRC
 » Poultry CRC PhD Wins Disease Research Award
 » Industry Trainers Are Helping Others to Qualify

   European Union

 » Measures to Cut Risk of Importing Animal Diseases
 » Salmonella: Commonest Cause of Food-Borne Outbreaks
 » MEPs Call for Improved Poultry Meat Labelling
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   United Kingdom

 » UK Egg Statistics - First Quarter 2009
 » DEFRA Amends Salmonella Control for Breeder Flocks
 » Get a Six Pack with a Six Pack of Eggs!


 » KFC Chief Talks Chicken Pricing


 » New Producer Group Formed

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Launches Poultry Ad Campaign


 » Egypt's Goal is for Bird Flu Vaccine in Two Years
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   United Arab Emirates

 » UAE Poultry Company Invests in Real Estate


 » Looking Forward to World's Poultry Congress 2012

   New Zealand

 » Egg Farmers Welcome Independent Welfare Study


 » Ag Ministry Blamed for Arsenic-Tainted Chicken Sales

That's all for this week!

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