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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29 October 2009

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Thursday 29th October 2009
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Editorial - EU Moves to Improve Animal Welfare Labelling

The European Commission has adopted a report outlining a series of options for animal welfare labelling, to facilitate an in-depth political debate with the other institutions.

The aim is said to be to make it easier for consumers to identify more animal welfare-friendly food products. One hopes this is a genuine attempt to help consumers choices, and not simply an attempt to put more hurdles in the way of imports.

The overall goal of policy in this area is to make it easier for consumers to identify and choose welfare-friendly products, and thereby give an economic incentive to producers to improve the welfare of animals.

A study from Scotland's Roslin Institute suggests that globalisation and industrialisation are causing diseases to spread from humans to animals. Researchers have shown that a strain of bacteria has jumped from humans to chickens, which they say is the first clear evidence of bacterial pathogens crossing over from humans to animals.

And finally, last week's newsletter included news of an outbreak of influenza A H1N1 in turkey breeders on a farm in Ontario, Canada. It has since emerged that a sudden drop in egg production was the first and only symptom of the infection. Mortality was only slightly raised.

Producers need to be especially vigilant about the health of their flocks now, and they should encourage workers who come into contact with poultry to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Upgrading Hen Housing: Latest Developments in Europe
At the recent International Egg Commission (IEC) meeting in Vancouver, a panel of experts discussed the future of enriched colony systems and other alternatives to conventional cages for laying hens in the EU.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - October 2009
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
World Poultry Trade Overview - October 2009
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides a forecast for 2010, in which an economic recovery is expected to bolster world meat trade.
Vencomatic - Complete Solutions in Poultry Equipment
* Company News

Cobb Appoints Major Distributor for Middle East
GLOBAL - Cobb Saudi Arabia has appointed a major Cobb distributor in the Middle East.
Petersime Now Offers Documentation in 11 Languages
BELGIUM - Petersime's Tailored Documentation Box is now available in the Turkish language, bringing the total to 11 different languages.
LIC Agrotech Holds Workshop on Orego-Stim
THAILAND - LIC Agrotech recently held a workshop entitled Orego-Stim – The Ultimate Solution.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: India Declared Free of Bird Flu
 » EU Blocks WTO Talks on Ban on US Chicken - For Now

   United States

 » Teaming Up to Fight Biofilm Food Contamination
 » KFC Serves Up Another Free Chicken Deal
 » CME: Overall Decline in Red Meat and Poultry Supplies
 » Outlook ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for US Agriculture
 » RTC Weight Down Four Per Cent from Last Year
 » Weekly Outlook: Looking Beyond Harvest
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - September 2009
 » CME: Current Grain Market Situation Discouraging
 » Michigan Egg Farmers Concerned over Welfare Bill
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » FSIS Issues New Notice on Salmonella Testing
 » New Biomass Plant Turns Turkey Poop into Power

More on Arbor Acres, part of Aviagen
   Malaysia

 » One Million Eggs Donated to Padang Quake Victims

   Canada

 » Canada's Industry and Govt Unite to Make Food Safer
 » Sudden Egg Drop Was Sign of H1N1 in Ontario Turkeys
 » Maple Leaf Foods Moves into Profit

   Haiti

 » Haiti Reports Low Path Avian Influenza Outbreak

   Viet Nam

 » Viet Nam Pushes to Reform Meat Processing Industry
 » Officials in Hanoi Reject Bleached Eggs Reports

   Israel

 » Controversy over Govt's Plan for Small Farms

   Nepal

 » Chitwan's Poultry Farmers Hit by Quota

   South Africa

 » Country Bird Moves Towards Acquiring Sovereign

   Romania

 » Transavia Now €100-Million Business

   Oman

 » A'Saffa: No. 1 in Oman and Expanding

   China

 » China Urges Return to Trade with US

   Brazil

 » JBS-Bertin Merger on Track
 » Marfrig Records Improved Performance in Q3

Cobb 700 - The new standard in high yield
   United Kingdom

 » NFU Announces Kevin Roberts as Director General
 » NFU Responds to Interview on 'Saving the Planet'
 » Study Shows Poultry Infected by Human Disease
 » Better Fortunes at Banham

   France

 » OIE Head Highlights Importance of Health Legislation

   Brunei Darussalam

 » Brunei to Double Halal Production for Export Market

   Guatemala

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Guatemala

   Belize

 » World Egg Day Celebrated in Belize

   Philippines

 » Philippines Farmers to Benefit from Free Trade Deal

   European Union

 » EU Moves to Improve Animal Welfare Labelling

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That's all for this week!

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