ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 5 November 2009
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Editorial - Trade Tension Eases and Investing in Qatar
After weeks of angry exchanges, US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced that the USDA is working with China to allow trade in poultry meat. Following talks in Hangzhou, he explained that USDA will review China's food safety laws and poultry plants with a view to allowing imports of Chinese poultry products into the US.
From Qatar came news of two significant investments in the poultry industry: Zad Holding Company announced the launch of a major project to meet the growing needs of the local market, while Hassad Food has signed a deal with Oman-based A'Saffa Poultry Farms to set up a poultry project that will supply 20 per cent Qatar's demand for poultry meat and eggs.
Also in Qatar, it was announced that capacity-building of laboratories should be the top priority in the Middle East. "Capacity of laboratories is foremost in the prevention and control of animal diseases including zoonoses as well as in food safety improvement at all stages of animal production," Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General, said at the 10th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission in Doha.
And finally, evidence has emerged that working in poultry processing plants may have adverse effects on health. According to a recently published paper, poultry plant workers seem to be at higher risk of developing certain cancers. However, an official at National Chicken Council refutes the suggestion from the researchers that these workers are exposed to cancer-causing viruses from the chickens, and said that other known cancer risk factors had not been taken into account in the study.
We have 3 new features this week:
How Eggs Can Win the Store Brand Challenge
At the recent IEC Conference in Canada, Dr Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, the world leading expert on branding and marketing, explained the 'Store Brand Challenge' and offered IEC members valuable advice on how to successfully brand staple categories such as eggs.
Small-Scale Egg Handling - 1
A guide to the production and sale of eggs for small-scale and free-range egg producers published as Small Scale Egg Handling by ATTRA, the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. This first of three parts covers egg production to minimise dirty eggs as well as methods of egg cleaning and grading.
A Step Forward for the Meat and Poultry Sector in India
India's meat industry took a step forward when the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB) was set up earlier this year. The article focuses on the current state of the industry and what the next priorities in its development will be.
New Cobb Technical Service Appointment in Asia
GLOBAL - Dr Alvin Arucan has joined the Cobb technical service team in Asia, increasing support for the company's growing business in the region.
Merck, Schering-Plough Merger Approved
GLOBAL - Merck and Schering-Plough have received approvals from the US Federal Trade Commission, Swiss Competition Commission and Canadian Competition Bureau for their proposed merger but significant divestitures are required.
Petersime Expands Management Team
BELGIUM - Geert Callens has been hired by Petersime as a Strategic Business Development Manager.
New Pfizer AH Aims to Address Industry Concerns
FRANCE - In an interview, Hervé Le Galludec, the Poultry Business Director in the European region for the new Pfizer Animal Health, explains how Pfizer's acquisition of Fort Dodge Animal Health will bring a new key partner to the poultry industry.
VIV Europe 2010 Returns to its Roots in Utrecht
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2010 will take place on 20 to 22 April 2010 in the Jaarbeurs at Utrecht in the Netherlands.
» BIRD FLU: No Relaxation on Bird Flu Prevention
» Acquisition Puts Boehringer among Top Health Companies
» Ridley Hit by Falling Demand for Feed
» International Egg and Poultry Review: Turkey Production
» Coming Election Could Change Ohio's Welfare Rules
» Ag Secretary Says US, China Working on Poultry Trade
» Test Maize for Moulds Before Feeding, Urge Experts
» FDA Urged to Ban Feeding Chicken Litter to Cattle
» CME: Another Tough Month for Meat, Poultry Sectors
» US Monthly Egg Products Report - October 2009
» Weekly Outlook: Harvest to Accelerate
» Columbia Farms Reaches Agreement over Hiring
» CME: Voters Approve State Issue 2 in Ohio
» AFBF Congratulates Ohio and Texas on Victories
» Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
» Can Working with Poultry Damage Your Health?
» OIE Meeting Delegates Call for More Lab Capacity
» Zad Starts New Poultry Project in Qatar
» Hassad's Project to Supply 20 Per Cent of Qatar's Needs
» Czech Meat Production Down in Q3 of 2009
» Heading for a New Year and a New Poultry CRC
» Battle Continues against Necrotic Enteritis
» Talented Young Vet Tackles ILTV
» Recognising Prior Learning in the Poultry Industry
» IPC Expands Committee, Re-Elects Executives
» Goose Newcomers Award Goes to Peak District
» HPA to Investigate Salmonella Outbreak
» Warning of Traditional Christmas Turkeys Shortage
» UK Egg Statistics - Third Quarter 2009
» Glycerol is Useful Dietary Component for Broilers
» VLA Warns Hobby Farmers about Infectious Bronchitis
» Transport to Slaughterhouse on Welfare Agenda
» Antibiotic Resistance Among Bacteria a Concern
» Monsanto Welcomes EU Approval of its GM Maize
» Nutreco's Q3 Results in Line with Expectations
» Banks Support Bangladesh's Poultry Industry
» One-Stop Shop Set up to Advise Kerala's Farmers
» Minister Tells Meat Industry to Modernise
» Govt Warns Farmers to be on Alert to Bird Flu
» Cherkizovo Opens New Poultry Breeding Facility
» Cherkizovo Pork and Poultry Prices Rise
» Industry Association Denies Cartel
» Recession Hits Atria's Performance
» Imports to Cover Pork, Chicken Shortage Likely
» Livestock Production Trends in Asia to be Discussed
That's all for this week!