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ThePoultrySiteNewsletter - 8 October 2009

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Editorial: Campylobacter Survey Causes a Stir

A recent UK survey into pathogens in chicken has found that two thirds of the chicken meat on supermarket shelves is contaminated with campylobacter.

The news brought a cascade of media frenzy in the UK, with sensational headlines and panic stories.

However, for the industry the news was not something they were shocked by.

It has been known that there is a problem with campylobacter in chicken meat and the survey was one stage in the process of finding a way of reducing the contamination.

The industry has been successful in reducing salmonella on the farm and in the retail product and it is now looking for means to reduce incidence of this far more difficult to control pathogen.

While the media might be sensationalising the story, the industry is reassuring the consumer that chicken is safe when cooked properly.

Meanwhile, an EU ban on US poultry meat seems to be heading for the World Trade Organisation disputes panel.

And fast on its heels, the Canadian authorities are taking the US through the WTO disputes procedure over the implementation of the country of origin labelling - COOL - regulations.

Chris Harris



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Effectiveness of Trees against Poultry House Emissions
New legislation and growing populations in rural areas are driving the need to reduce environmental 'nuisances' like odours, dust and ammonia associated with raising birds through the greater use of vegetative buffers, says the Poultry Science Association.
Biofilms Have a New Foil
A new formulation has been found to be 100 per cent effective in killing Listeria monocytogenes and removes 90 per cent of biofilm, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service microbiologist, Judy Arnold.
Some Pathogens Live on to Cause Trouble
In an article entitled 'They’re Starving, Down but Not Out: Pathogens That Live to Cause Trouble', Michael Johnson of the University of Arkansas System explains how Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter can survive and still cause food poisoning after being deprived of oxygen and food.
UK Survey of Campylobacter and Salmonella in Fresh Chicken
A UK-wide survey was undertaken by the Agency between May 2007 and September 2008 to determine Campylobacter and Salmonella prevalence on fresh chicken at retail.
* Company News

Bounty Fresh Foods Chooses Petersime Technology
PHILIPPINES - Top Filipino poultry industry player Bounty Fresh Foods Inc. has chosen Petersime for the major expansion of its broiler hatchery in Tarlac (100 km from Manila), increasing capacity by an additional 42 million hatching eggs per year.
Munsterhuis BV Targets Cross-Border Growth
NETHERLANDS - Specialist poultry hatchery, Broederij Munsterhuis BV, in Saasveld has expanded operations by more than 30 per cent, to one million day old chicks per week, with Smart hatchery technologies from Pas Reform.
Sales Expansion for Pas Reform do Brasil
BRAZIL - Pas Reform's plans for expansion in Latin America have received a boost, with the appointment of Adaile de Castro Filho to the position of sales consultant for Pas Reform do Brasil on specific key accounts.
Inauguration of Natura Rearing Aviary for 84,000 Pullets
GERMANY - An internal open day in Eggermühlen, Germany, recently caused great interest among the 300 guests invited by Christiane and Theo Gärke, who built two remarkable new houses for a total number of 84,000 pullets which could be visited.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Stakeholders Workshop on AI Underway
 » CGF and DDGS Bode Well as Animal Feed Ingredient
 » First Round on Agriculture ‘Templates’ Completed

   Australia

 » CSIRO Awards go to Poultry CRC Scientists
 » Enrolment Open for Masters Health Online Course
   United States

 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » US Monthly Egg Products Report - September 2009
 » First Witness Examined in 'Poultry Litter' Trial
 » NASDA Plans to Help Producers
 » New Humane Training Program for Animal Handlers
 » US Poultry Industry Urges Action on EU Import Ban
 » New Bill Expected to Lift Chinese Import Ban
 » Weekly Outlook: Early Corn and Soybean Exports
 » CME: Output Numbers Will Not Drive Feed Prices
 » Consumer Egg Prices Could Rise by 25 Per Cent
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   Belgium

 » Nutriad Launched
 » US to Seek WTO Panel over EU poultry ban

   Barbados

 » Barbadian Exporters Seek New Poultry Markets Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9
   New Zealand

 » Farmers Urged to Follow Product Label Instructions
 » Survey to Look at Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

   South Africa

 » Sovereign Food Expansion Pays Off

   Poland

 » Polish Pork, Poultry Meat Prices Rocket

   Malaysia

 » Company Looks to Other Countries for Chicken Feed
 » Chicken Eggs to Cost Less Starting Today

   United Kingdom

 » Warning from MEPs Regarding EU Transport Rules
 » Lion Roars in Time for British Egg Week
 » FSA Survey of Campylobacter and Salmonella

   India

 » Marriage Season Likely to Push Up Poultry Prices Petersime - Incubator Innovator
   Ghana

 » B/A Poultry Farmers Asked to Harmonise Resources

   China

 » China a Promising Market for Food Safety Products?

   Canada

 » Canadian Govt Invests in Farm Animal Care in BC
 » Canada Requests WTO Panel on US M-COOL
 » CFIA Launches National Standard to Protect Poultry
 » WTO Panel to Be Requested to Address US M-COOL

   European Union

 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » EFSA Meeting to Discuss Broiler Welfare Implications Fluxx Breeder from Big Dutchman

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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