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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 26 November 2009

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Thursday 26th November 2009
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Editorial - GM Feed Does NOT Make Chicken (or You) GM

Last week, we reported that a New Zealand poultry company had been officially warned over its advertising material that claimed its chickens are free of genetically modified material ('GM-free'). The company's birds receive small amounts of GM feed ingredients.

This ruling could have had a major impact on the marketing of poultry products in many countries, so it came as a relief to read another report from New Zealand, just a few days later that an expert in the field had contradicted the opinion.

Dr Jimmy Suttie publicly confirmed the international consensus, saying: "While it is undeniable that plant DNA is ingested by animals when they eat a feed, it is by no means certain that that DNA will be incorporated into the animal's genome rather than being fully digested. For example, every time you eat a fresh tomato or lettuce, you consume plant DNA. This is digested by our bodies."

"Even if any DNA were to be incorporated into the eater's genes, this would be as single constituents of DNA (nucleotides) rather than a piece of gene sequence. These constituents carry no genetic information, in themselves."

Times are proving to be very hard for another leading poultry company. US meat processing giant, Tyson Foods, made a net loss over the last year of $537 million, compared to a profit of $86 million in the previous year. Its newly appointed officers – Donnie Smith as Chief Executive Officer and Jim Lochner as Chief Operating Officer – are clearly facing huge challenges.

Both Malaysia and Thailand are on high alert for avian flu following warnings from the World Health Organization and a number of suspicious poultry deaths in the Sukhothai province of Thailand. Germany has reported the country's first new case of H5 low pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock for six months.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

Campylobacter in Chicken Carcasses
A US survey of the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken carcasses after slaughter has found there is a great reduction between the times of Re-Hang and Post Chill, writes ThePoultrySite senior editor, Chris Harris.
Impacts of the Future EU Layer Cage Ban
The EU cage ban, due to come into force in 2012, will cut laying hen numbers and increase egg deficits in the European Union, writes Terry Evans for ThePoultrySite.
Poultry Litter Production and Associated Challenges
The University of Arkansas has monitored the frequency and weight of litter removed from its Applied Broiler Research Farm (ABRF) for 98 flocks since 1992. The figures reveal that caked litter removed varies considerably from one year to another. G.T. Tabler, Y. Liang and K.W. Van Devender report the results in the University's Avian Advice.
Egg Drops – Less a Syndrome, More a Production Failure
Egg drops appear to be an integral part of egg production, according to David Burch of Octagon Services. He describes the main causes and recommends ways to minimise the resulting losses.
Major Expansion for Cobb's Research Facility in Kentucky
The Kentucky R&D facility is growing to secure genetic progress and supply customer demand, according to the latest Cobb Focus.
Republic of Korea: Poultry and Products Annual 2009
Growing demand by health-conscious consumers is expected to stimulate a boost to broiler production in South Korea in 2010, according to Sun Young Choi and Michael Francom in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Fort Dodge - Leading the way in IBD Protection
* Company News

Four Billion Birds Have Been Vaccinated with Vaxxitek
FRANCE - During the 16th World Veterinary Poultry Congress held in Marrakech, Morocco (8 to 12 November 2009), field data presenting the very latest results of vaccination with Vaxxitek were presented by Merial using various multimedia.
Interest from Syrian Producers at Big Dutchman Event
SYRIA - A seminar organised by Big Dutchman's agent in Syria met with great interest from poultry professionals.
Alpharma (Belgium) Opens New Delhi Branch Office
INDIA - On 21 November, the New Delhi Branch Office of Alpharma (Belgium) BVBA was opened in New Delhi.
Which Came First: the Chicken or the Coupé?
US - Two global companies in contrasting industries - Pfizer and BMW - came together briefly this fall in a bid to strengthen innovation and exchange business strategies.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Malaysia on High Alert for Avian Flu

   Denmark

 » Innovative Egg Pasteurisation Technology Launched

   United Kingdom

 » Cherry Valley Has Two Good Reasons to Celebrate
 » Farmers' Union Supports O'Kane Turkey Growers
 » Anniversary Cookbook with Every Turkey Order
 » Great Quality British Turkey: Just a Click Away
 » Bristol Academic to Lead Welfare Advisory Board
 » International Award for Biolink
 » Consumers to Have Clearer Food Labelling
 » Call for Europe to Adopt Clearer Food Labelling
 » Report Calls for Livestock Production Cuts

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   Switzerland

 » WTO Investigates Poultry, Livestock Complaints
 » WTO Sets up Panel to Consider Poultry Trade Dispute
 » Scientists Compare Carcass Decontamination Methods

   United States

 » Tyson Foods Names New Top Executives
 » CME: Turkey Sales in October a Success
 » Case Continues in Poultry Litter Suit
 » Gas, Electrical Stunning Found to be Equally Humane
 » CME: Turkey in Freezers Lesser Than a Year Ago
 » AMI Supports FSIS Meat and Poultry Shipment Rule
 » Grain Test Weight Deception
 » Tyson Posts $537 Million Loss
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - October 2009
 » Meat, Poultry Companies Seek Ways to Sustainability
 » US Poultry Meat Destined for Mongolia
 » MSU Poultry Science Provides Key Research
 » Move to Ban Roxarsone in US
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » Seven Per Cent Lower RTC Weight in US
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Work to Progress Sequencing the Turkey Genome

   Ghana

 » Ghana Aims for Poultry Self-Sufficiency by 2012

   Philippines

 » Philippines to Import Poultry Products to Meet Demand

   Taiwan

 » Taiwanese Nutritionists Learn About DDGS

   United Arab Emirates

 » Emirates Quality Mark for UAE Poultry Company

   Germany

 » State Aid for German Farmers Hit by Recession
 » Germany Reports New Outbreak of Low-Path AI
 » Researchers Develop Novel Method for Sexing Birds

   New Zealand

 » GM Feed Does Not Make GM Chicken
 » NZFSA Draws up New Code on Poultry Processing

   Malaysia

 » Disappointing Q2 Sales for QL

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   Uganda

 » Local Group Makes Banana Waste into Feed Ingredient

   Norway

 » Explaining Salmonella Survival in the Feed Mill

   European Union

 » Nutreco Acquisition of Cargill Companies Approved
 » EC Approves €275 Million for Animal Health

   Australia

 » Study Highlights Salmonella Threat in Egg Products

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That's all for this week!

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