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ThePoultrySiteNewsletter - 3 December 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial - Just How Safe Are Poultry Products to Eat?

The risks of foodborne diseases from poultry products have been in the news on both sides of the Atlantic this week.

In a recently published survey of US chickens, just 34 per cent of the chickens tested were free of salmonella and campylobacter. This was significantly more than it the last survey but fewer than in 2003. Chickens that had been air-chilled, produced by one poultry processor and store-brand organic birds were less likely to carry the pathogens although none of these offered a guarantee of zero contamination.

And in the UK, the food safety bodies are investigating a recent increase in the number of human cases of a particular type of salmonella in England and Wales. The source is thought to be imported eggs.

In response, the National Chicken Council in the US was quick to make a statement reassuring consumers that chicken is safe to eat, and the leading UK egg producers' association called for better advice to be given to caterers on the safe handling of eggs.

In fact, these cases reflect today's reality. While poultry meat and eggs are certainly not harmful to human health, these latest cases do highlight the need for constant vigilance at every stage of the production chain – from feed to fork – to keep our food safe.

And that applies just as much to lettuce, peanuts and tomatoes as it does to poultry products.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 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.
Good News on Global Egg Consumption
Egg consumption per person continues to rise, however, further research is required to determine the reasons for differences in uptake between countries, writes Terry Evans for ThePoultrySite.
Broiler Water Consumption
Water consumption continues to be one of the simplest and most effective tools a poultry grower can use to monitor flock progress, according to Dr Susan Watkins and Dr G.T. Tabler of the University of Arkansas. They have monitored water intake daily over 12 consecutive flocks, reporting their results in the University's Avian Advice.
US Broiler Market Outlook
The food service sector and export concerns are dictating the pace of recovery of the US broiler industry, according to poultry industry analyst, Sue Trudell, in the latest issue of Cobb Focus.
Proceedings of the 8th European Symposium on Poultry Welfare
Proceedings of the 8th European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, organised by the World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA), and held in Cervia, Italy in May 2009.
Mexico - Poultry and Products Annual 2009
Following a decline of 1.5 per cent this year, chicken meat production in Mexico is expected to increase in 2010, according to the latest GAIN report from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - November 2009
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data.
Cevac Transume IBD
* Company News

Skylark Opts for Hubbard F15 Grandparent Stock
INDIA - Hubbard is very pleased to announce that Skylark Hatcheries has decided to move to Grand Parent stock level by the beginning of 2010.
Hatcheries Led Towards Maximum Economic Return
BELGIUM - Petersime says it is ready to guide hatcheries towards maximum economic return.
Smart Sets New Standards for Hatchery Hygiene
NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform has signed an exclusive agreement to incorporate Microban, the world's leading antimicrobial product protection system, into Smart hatchery technologies.
Smart Benefits for Marshall Poultry Integration
PHILIPPINES - In a year when chicken output was predicted to slow due to reduced consumer demand and the rising cost of feed and production, Marshall Poultry has found enhanced growth in converting to the use of Smart single-stage incubation from Dutch hatchery technology company, Pas Reform.
'The Sound of Nutrition' at World Nutrition Forum 2010
AUSTRIA - Experts and industry delegates gather to discuss the future of nutrition, Biomin's NutriEconomics programme, developments in science, business, the environment and leadership at the World Nutrition Forum 2010 in Salzburg.
Transtecno Launches New Gear Motors
ITALY - PoultryTecno is Transtecno's new business-sector brand, addressed specifically to poultry farm feeding systems and featuring a double product line.
Colony Nest 2+ from Big Dutchman
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Research Toward Effective AI Vaccines
 » WTO Tackles Trade Dispute Between US, SA

   United States

 » US Monthly Egg Products Report - November 2009
 » Weekly Outlook: More to Corn, Soybean Demand?
 » Environmental Indictment for Poultry Company
 » Seven Per Cent Lower RTC Weight in US
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Work to Progress Sequencing the Turkey Genome
 » Foodborne Pathogens in Two-Thirds of US Chickens
 » NCC Responds: Chicken is Safe
 » Senator Introduces Food Safety Legislation
 » H1N1 Flu Hits Virginia Turkey Flock
 » CME: Feed Prices and Supplies Cause Concern
 » Egg Yolks Help Vision in Elderly Patients
 » USDA: Final Rule to Improve Transparency and Equity
 » Turkey Flock Tests Positive for Novel H1N1
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
   European Union

 » Nutreco Acquisition of Cargill Companies Approved
 » EC Approves €275 Million for Animal Health
 » Commission Authorises GM Maize
 » EFSA Opens Discussion on Allergenicity of GM Feed


 » Study Highlights Salmonella Threat in Egg Products
 » Research Proposals Progress to Next Stage
 » Net Energy Can Help Produce More from Less
 » Young Scientist Uses Culture to Stop Marek's Disease
 » Australian Schools Compete for WPSA Award

   New Zealand

 » NZFSA Draws up New Code on Poultry Processing

   United Kingdom

 » Report Calls for Livestock Production Cuts
 » Eggs Are Top Nutrition Option on a Budget
 » Rise in Salmonella Cases Under Investigation
 » Water Industry Regulator Recognises Farmers' Role
 » Caterers Should be Warned about Foreign Eggs
 » Record Early SPS Payments For England


 » Disputes Widen over Poultry Trade within Nepal Petersime - Incubator Innovator

 » LDC Acquisition of Arrivé Approved


 » China Approves First GM 'Phytase' Corn
 » Study: Chicken Collagen Can Help Arthritis


 » Philippine Govt Sets Pork and Chicken Guide Prices
 » DA Bans Poultry Imports from Czech Republic


 » Newcastle Disease Breaks out in Spanish Flock


 » Guelph Study Offers Hope for Better Bird Flu Vaccine
 » Nova Scotia Poultry Plant Sheds Jobs

   Korea, South

 » Japan Accepts Korean Poultry Again


 » Brazilian Chicken Exports Remain Stable


 » Costly Chicken Feed Hurting Poultry Industry Merial Gallimune Flu H5N9

That's all for this week!

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