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We start this weeks newsletter in Thailand, where the OIE reports that the Thai Public Health Ministry has confirmed the occurrence of human cases of Avian Influenza. Thailand denies trying to cover-up the outbreak, saying it had suspicions for weeks but only knew for certain when lab tests confirmed the disease.
     Critics have accused the Thai government of trying to hide the outbreak by blaming the deaths of tens of thousands of chickens since November on poultry cholera.

The bad news is that Asia's bird flu outbreak continues to expand, with Pakistan, Indonesia and Cambodia the latest countries to confirm infected chickens. A spokesman for the U-N's Food and Agriculture Organization says four other Asian nations also have outbreaks -- Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

Following the confirmation of avian influenza (AI) outbreaks in Thailand, the European Commission adopted the proposal from EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne to suspend the import of all poultry meat and poultry products from this country into the European Union (EU) with immediate effect.

There is only a tiny risk of people catching bird flu by eating infected poultry meat, the European Commission said on Friday, seeking to ease fears after the EU banned Thai poultry imports due to an outbreak of the virus.
    "It's unlikely humans would get the infection from eating poultry meat," Alberto Laddomada, a European Commission expert in animal health told a news conference, adding that people were catching bird flu after being in contact with poultry.

The UK Food Standards Agency agrees, stating that on the basis of advice from its scientific experts, it considers the current outbreak of avian influenza in the Far East does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the deaths of 10 people may have been linked to this outbreak of avian flu in Asia. Only a very few cases have ever been reported in the UK and there have never been any deaths.

In addition to the EU ban, France has decided to impound imports of fresh chicken from Thailand dated after January 1 over the outbreak, a farm ministry official said on Friday.
     "Any chicken with a certificate dating it after January 1 will be impounded," the official said, adding that it did not concern meat that was already in supermarkets because that would have been dated before January 1.

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Away from the AI outbreak, chickens that are commercially farmed for their meat will suffer more through bad housing conditions than through overcrowding, experts have discovered. The EU is planning a limit on stocking densities, but the latest study by Marian Dawkins at Oxford University suggests other measures could improve the birds' welfare, according to Nature. The moisture of the birds' litter and ventilation levels were found to be the most important factors for well-being.

A new article raises concern that the banning of antibiotics in food animals may harm both human and animal health. The report, published this month in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, argues there is little to no scientific evidence to suggest that the use of antibiotics in food animals negatively impacts human health.
    "The scientific evidence shows that the actual risk of transfer of antibiotic resistant organisms from animals to humans caused by the use of antibiotics in food animals is extremely small and in some cases zero," said Ian Phillips, Emeritus Professor of medical microbiology, University of London.

Argentina doubled the amount of chicken meat sold abroad in 2003, exporting some 27,176 metric tons of fresh and processed chicken, the country's animal and plant health agency, Senasa, said Wednesday. This puts Argentina's chicken exports at their highest level in nine years, according to eFeedlink.

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