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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 18 June 2009
Thursday 18th June 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Are Poultry Bad for Your Health?

It has been a week when links between poultry and human health have been in the spotlight.

The latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report looked into foods associated with disease outbreaks in the US in 2006. It found that norovirus (associated with poor hygiene in food preparation) caused half of reported outbreaks, followed by Salmonella (18 per cent of outbreaks). The food associated with the largest number of cases of illness in 2006 was poultry (21 per cent of cases). After examining the detail of the CDC report, the National Chicken Council highlighted that the results are misleading as they were skewed by one large outbreak of food poisoning, the source of which was never clearly identified but was attributed to chicken.

Research from Sweden offers evidence that vancomycin-resistant enterococci in humans did not originate in chickens but possibly from sewage sludge spread on arable land. Meanwhile, a Canadian health agency is calling for an immediate nationwide ban on the use of cephalosporins in poultry farming, apparently on the precautionary principle that the effects on their use in poultry on human health are unknown.

It appears that working with poultry can also cause health problems. A review of the literature by a group from Canada highlights that although poultry houses with floor systems tend to be dustier, houses with cages have higher levels of endotoxin that are linked to chronic respiratory problems in poultry workers.

And finally, on a different note, a researcher in New Zealand has developed a test based on isotope analysis to distinguish between battery (cage) barn, free-range and organic eggs based on the hen's diet.

Jackie Linden

Petersime - Incubator Innovator
* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Immunology and Disease Discussed at WPSA UK Meeting
Three papers on very different topics were included in an interesting session on Immunology and Disease at the annual meeting of the UK Branch of the World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA) earlier this year, writes ThePoultrySite editor, Jackie Linden. The topics included foot pad dermatitis, red mite control and Marek's disease.
Controlling Campylobacter in Broiler Flocks
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK has been developing an action plan against Campylobacter food poisoning sine 2003, writes ThePoultrySite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Creating a Healthier Environment for Poultry Workers
Researchers in Canada have reviewed the effects of dust on the respiratory health of poultry workers in different types of poultry houses in the latest issue of Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. Jackie Linden summarises their key findings for ThePoultrySite.
Implications of the Cage Ban in California
At the IEC London Conference held in March, Gene Gregory, President of United Egg Producers (UEP) in the USA, spoke passionately about the consequences of banning cages in California. He discussed with delegates how this decision has affected the local industry, and also addressed the wider implications this will now have on the rest of the USA, and ultimately the international egg industry as a whole.
Better Gut Health Enhances Animal Performance
The health of the gastrointestinal tract is especially important for the young animal, writes Nataliya Roth, Technical Manager with Biomin Holding GmbH.

Other new features released this week are:

US Poultry Outlook Report - June 2009

US Feed Outlook - June 2009

UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report : January - March 2009

* Company News

Aviagen Strengthens International Management Team
GLOBAL - Aviagen has strengthened its International Management Team with the appointment of Tom Exley to the position of Vice President of International Business.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Adds Food Industry Staff
US - Jennie Hodgen, Ph.D., and Bob Giblin, APR, have joined Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in two newly created positions established to develop the animal health company's relationships within the food chain.
Kuwait's Naif Poultry Upgrades its Hatchery
KUWAIT - Naif Poultry Co. has upgraded to AirStreamer technology from Petersime.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » Click here for this week's bird flu news
 » CPF Plans Large Overseas Investments
 » Brazil Set to Expand Meat Imports to Russia
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » Ag Sector More Resilient to Global Crisis Than Others
Hatchery climate contol from Pas Reform
   Russian Federation

 » AgroFarm Shows Highly Satisfactory Results

   United States

 » CDC Puts Poultry at Number 1 for Foodborne Disease
 » Meat and Poultry Sectors Contribute Billions Annually
 » Antimicrobials in Livestock Debated
 » CDC Report Skewed by One Outbreak, Says NCC
 » Safety Issues Kit Available
 » Poultry Waste Plant May Reopen for Production
 » International Poultry/Feed Expo to Change Exhibit Halls
 » Tyson Foods Benefits from Solid Capital Structure
 » Antitrust Laws Must be Enforced, Says Union
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Weekly Outlook: Uncertainty in Crop Markets
 » Monthly US Turkey Hatchery Report
 » CME: 12-City Composite Broiler Prices Increase


 » Newcastle Disease Resolved in Azerbaijan


 » Ghana's Poultry Farmers Like Yellow Corn
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 » Human Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Not from Chickens


 » Doctors Warn of H9 Flu Danger to Human Health


 » Go-Ahead Given for Community Chicken Project

   New Zealand

 » New Test Can Tell Cage Eggs from Free-Range


 » Mongolia - Livestock Situation 2009


 » Farmers to Get Help to Meet New Regulations


 » Newcastle Disease Breaks out in Israel

   United Kingdom

 » Poultry Company Closes Cutting Line
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 » Weather Expected to Drive Feedgrain Prices
 » Agency Calls for National Ban on Cephalosporins


 » Ministry and Producers to Meet over Pricing


 » Consumers Turn to Chicken during Economic Crisis


 » Farmers Fight Ministry Decision to Source Chicken from UK


 » Concern over Declining Livestock Breeds


 » More Bird Flu Reported in Bangladesh

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