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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 25 June 2009
Thursday 25th June 2009
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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial: Poultry Welfare Hits the Headlines in the US and Europe

Progress in improving the welfare of poultry may have been slow in coming but there has been several significant developments in the news this week involving both 'carrot' and 'stick' approaches to bring about change.

Starting with the 'stick approach', EU ministers have agreed new slaughterhouse rules. The new regulation, which comes into effect on 1 January 2013, provides for a series of practical measures to ensure animals are humanely treated. Essentially, it integrates welfare considerations into the design of slaughterhouses and requires the regular monitoring of the efficiency of stunning techniques. Furthermore, each slaughterhouse will have to appoint a specific person responsible for animal welfare and ensure that their staff is properly trained and certified.

Adopting the 'carrot' approach, fast food restaurant chain, McDonald's Europe, has launched its new Flagship Farms programme, designed to promote and share the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices via real case studies from real farms in the supply chain. The intention is to demonstrate the benefits of these practices in order to encourage broader adoption across the European farming community. Developed in conjunction with the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), it will showcase the innovative farming practices used, initially at seven progressive farms across Europe via a new web site.

Meanwhile, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is continuing its activities in the US to encourage restaurants and retailers to opt for suppliers using what PETA calls 'controlled atmosphere killing' as a 'less cruel method of slaughter'. PETA has publicly praised restaurant chain, Ruby Tuesday, for doing just this, and is now targeting grocery chain, Supervalu, over the same issue.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Automation of Hatching Egg Collection is Important to Broiler Breeder
Maximising hatchability and minimising floor eggs are the two most important criteria when equipping a new broiler breeder house, farmer Anton Janssen told ThePoultrySite editor, Jackie Linden when she visited his farm recently.
Controlling Broodiness in Backyard Flocks
Dan L. Cunningham, extension poultry scientist at the University of Georgia offers advice on how to alter the environment to discourage broody behaviour in backyard flock in the May issue of the University's Poultry Tips.
Guerilla Marketing on a Small Budget
James Averdieck, owner and founder of dessert company, G├ť, described how to create a successful national brand from scratch at the International Egg Commission's 2009 London Conference. As a key customer of the egg industry, he offered tips to the audience on brand development that can be applied to almost any business.
Information on Influenza A (H1N1) Control
Hygiene and emergency disease outbreak information for influenza A (H1N1) from DuPont Disinfectants.
More on Arbor Acres, part of Aviagen
* Company News

Innovax-ILT Protects against ILT for 60 Weeks
US - Innovax®-ILT, an innovative recombinant vaccine, protects chickens against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) for at least 60-weeks, according to a study recently accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Petersime to Supply New ADC/Supreme Hatchery
SAUDI ARABIA - Petersime is to supply a new large-scale hatchery to ADC/Supreme.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » Click here for this week's bird flu news
 » Same Organic Standards in US, Canada in Future
 » China Requests WTO to Mediate in Trade Dispute
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » China Optimistic over End to Poultry Dispute

   United Kingdom

 » Vion Nominated for Water Award
 » Producers to Discuss Commodity Market Volatility
 » A Stand Against Defra's Animal Health Organisation
 » Study Shows Poor Egg Hygiene in Food Service Sector
 » GB Animal Feed Statistical Notice - February to April 2009
 » Good Year in Prospect for Banham Poultry

   European Union

 » MRSA Found in Animals but No Threat in Food
 » New EU Feed Rules Will Improve Food Safety
 » EU Ministers Agree To New Slaughterhouse Rules
 » McDonalds Launches Flagship Farms Programme

   United States

 » Neglected Bacterium May be Pathogenic in Turkeys
 » Better Animal Welfare through Education
 » US Industry Groups Address Machine Hazards
 » One Worker Dies in Accident at Poultry Plant
 » Egg Industry Seeks Post-Prop. 2 Solutions
 » AMI, NCC Challenge 'Food, Inc.' Claims
 » Ag Secretary Announces Lab Funding Boost
 » Survival of Salmonella in Liquid Egg Products
 » Improved Welfare Measures Brings Praise from PETA
 » Report on US Poultry Processing Industry Updated
 » New Chairman for USAPEEC
 » Feathers Help to Fuel the Future
 » Foster Farms Sets up Anti-Plumping Web Site
 » Five Per Cent Fewer Broilers, Marginally More Eggs
 » High Feed Costs Have Hit US Broiler Growers
 » New Compound Has Potential for Mycotoxin Control
 » PETA Targets Grocery Chain over Slaughter Method
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Inventory of Frozen Chicken, Eggs Down
 » Weekly Outlook: Expectation for USDA Reports
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 » Meyn to Close Systemate Plant


 » Oman Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports from India


 » EU Commissioner Visits Ukrainian Plant


 » Another Case of Newcastle Disease in Israel
 » Israeli Company Starts Exports to China


 » Scientists Study Immunity to Necrotic Enteritis
 » Olymel Upgrades Two Poultry Plants
 » Canada Issues Recommendations on Food Safety
 » Alberta Group Explores Broiler Breeder Energy Needs


 » Troubled Times for Iraq's Poultry Industry


 » Investors Eye Poultry Industry
 » Biosecurity Standards Set for the Australian Industry
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   Trinidad and Tobago

 » Farm Blamed for Neighbours' Skin Condition


 » Improve Growth with Climate Control Technology


 » Salmonella in Chicken Fillets Inactivated by Pressure


 » Bunge Inaugurates New Soy Processing Plant

   Russian Federation

 » Meat and Milk Imports Fall in Russia


 » Thai Company Achieves Success with its Cool Ducks


 » Sales Boosted for Processors That Have Invested


 » New Peptide May Lead to Control of H9N2 Flu Virus


 » Veterinary Poultry Congress Postponed to November

That's all for this week!

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