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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 23 July 2009
Thursday 23rd July 2009
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Editorial: Lessons Learned over Listeria

Published earlier this week, the report into the causes and actions taken during the listeriosis outbreak in Canada last year that killed 22 and made 57 people seriously ill has found a series of failings at both government and company level.

The source of the outbreak was deli meats from Maple Leaf Foods' Bartor Road processing plant. The report, by Sheila Weatherill, highlights that a combination of events and circumstances created the conditions enabling listeriosis to take hold.

"It brought together multiple jurisdictions and two sectors of the federal government that, on a day-to-day basis, are not required to work closely together: the public health and food safety sectors," the report says.

After in-depth analysis, and expert advice from five food safety and public health authorities, the investigation found weaknesses in four critical parts of the food safety system. The report says that progress has been made since the 2008 outbreak on a number of fronts but there is still room for improvement in the federal food safety and legislative framework.

To the report, the president and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods commented: "This report is tough and it ought to be, with strong recommendations for further improving the Canadian food safety system. We thought we had a good food safety programme last August, but our efforts failed with tragic consequences. Since then, we have transformed every aspect of our food safety programme."

Gerry Ritz, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said, "The 57 recommendations in this report are detailed and comprehensive. This government will use these recommendations as part of the guideline to move forward and strengthen our food safety system."

There are surely lessons that all national governments and food safety agencies can learn from this investigation of the tragic episode in Canada last year.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Layers Get Special Treatment at 'Heavenly' Farm
Attention to detail is the key to success at Himmelsfarm in the Netherlands, writes Jackie Linden, editor of ThePoultrySite, after a recent visit.
Dioxin Discovery Leads Ireland's Residue Plan Results
The discovery of dioxin in samples of pig fat is the major feature in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) results of testing carried out under the National Residue Control Plan for 2008, writes ThePoultrySite senior editor, Chris Harris. Residues were also found in five eggs and 16 samples of poultry meat.
Welfare of Farmed Animals at Slaughter or Killing
The second report by the UK's Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) on Welfare of Farmed Animals at Slaughter or Killing deals specifically with animals for white meat, namely meat chickens (broilers), laying hens, turkeys, ducks, geese, gamebirds and rabbits. This article is the Executive Summary, with a link to the full report.
US Poultry Outlook Report - July 2009
By USDA, Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the July 2009 issue of Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report. Broiler meat production is now expected to be down four per cent for the year. Whole turkey prices remain under pressure. Egg production has been higher on a year-over-year basis in five of the last six months.
* Company News

Best-Practice Meeting for Ross 308 Customers
GLOBAL - Several of Aviagen’s Ross customers met up in Indonesia and Malaysia this week as guests from Al Watania Poultry, Saudi Arabia, visited Ross 308 distributors to build new working relationships.
Aviagen Speaks Your Language in C and E Europe
GLOBAL - Aviagen has translated many of its manuals and technical articles into the local languages of their customers in the Central and Eastern European region.
Two New Promotions Within Cobb Europe
EU - Two new appointments have been made by Cobb Europe with Leasea Butler becoming technical service manager and Wout van Wolfswinkel taking on the parent stock sales manager role.
CID Lines Supports the UK Market
UK - CID Lines is pleased to announce that Quill Productions has been appointed the main distributors in the poultry industry for all cleaning and disinfectant products.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Click here for this week's bird flu news.
 » IEC to Hold 2010 Meeting in Paris
 » International Egg and Poultry Review
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   United States

 » Ethanol By-products and Antibiotics Cause Concern
 » New Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response
 » Challenge of Continuously Improving Food Safety
 » Licence Granted to Mobile Processing Unit
 » Coalition Formed to Oppose Antibiotics Ban
 » Industry Urges EPA to Oppose Ethanol Petition
 » Two Research Projects on Processing Completed
 » Meat, Poultry are Major Sources of PBDE Exposure
 » New Process Turns Feather Meal into Biodiesel
 » Applegate Receives Poultry Nutrition Award
 » Perdue and Poet Partner to Market DDGs
 » Weekly Outlook: Focus on Yield Potential
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Chickens and Eggs - June 2009


 » New Organisation for Agriculture & Food in Denmark

   United Kingdom

 » 2009 Defra Review: Reduction of Disease Risks
 » Help Sought on EU GM Zero Tolerance Policy
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 » West Nepal Destroys Chickens Due to AI Fears


 » Meat Export to EU May Run into USD 30M Annually


 » Farmers in Protest over Feed Quality


 » Turkish Agriculture Benefits from Saudi Investment


 » Idea: International Reward for Biosecurity
 » Listeria Report Finds Series of Failings
 » Agriculture Minister Reacts to Weatherill Report
 » Maple Leaf Endorses Report Recommendations


 » New Case of Bird Flu in Bangladesh
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   Viet Nam

 » Food Safety Checks Stepped up in Hanoi


 » China Turns up the Heat on Trade Dispute


 » Irish Egg Producers Get Grant to Update Cages


 » New Beginning for Cameroon's Poultry Industry


 » Heavy Rains in Pakistan Cause Mortalities


 » Poultry Advice Offered over India's Airwaves


 » San Miguel Food Group Posts Higher Profits

   European Union

 » EFSA Seeks Expert Opinions on Broiler Welfare
 » Authorisation of GM Maize in EU Moves Closer

   Saudi Arabia

 » Saudi Importers Cast an Eye on US Sorghum, DDGS

That's all for this week!

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