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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 14 January 2010

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Thursday 14th January 2010
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Editorial – The Implications of Russia's Chlorine Ban

Russia's ban on the use of chlorine as a carcass wash in poultry processing plants came into effect on 1 January, bringing repercussions both at home and abroad.

The use of chlorine to reduce foodborne pathogens is a widespread practice across the world, including the US. Health experts in some countries, including the European Union, have raised doubts about the safety of the practice, citing reported dangers of chlorine on human health, and have banned the use of chlorine for this purpose. Because of the widespread use in the US, this has meant that no US chicken has been imported into the EU since 1997.

From 1 January, the chlorine ban came into effect in Russia, with little impact on the domestic industry as poultry processors had plenty of time to introduce alternative methods of pathogen control. The ban has, however, brought imports of US poultry meat to an abrupt halt, sparking a flurry of diplomatic activity at the highest levels in both countries. A top delegation from the US is due to arrive in Russia this weekend to discuss the topic.

US concern is focused not only on Russia but also on the EU. A senior trade representative is asking the World Trade Organization to examine the legitimacy of the EU's long-standing ban on chlorine treatment, which effectively excludes imports of US chicken.

Some industry watchers speculate that the EU and Russia are forbidding the use of chlorine as a way to eliminate imports of – often cheaper – poultry meat from the US in order to protect their domestic industries. And, on some level, who can blame them?

One immediate result of the chlorine ban in Russia has been a 20 per cent increase in the price of chicken, demonstrating that it is consumers who are the first to suffer in the absence of free trade.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Chicken Meat to Top 81MT This Year
Based on newly published data from the FAO, chicken meat production is likely to top 81 million tonnes this year, writes Terry Evans for ThePoultrySite.
Water: Poultry Health's Most Overlooked Nutrient
Water is regarded as the most essential nutrient in a bird's diet, according to Brian Kiepper, extension poultry scientist with the University of Georgia. He explains why, and how to identify problems with the water supply in the University's Backyard Poultry Tip.
Investigating Hatchery Practice - Examining the Hatch Debris
In the fourth article of this series, Dr Steve Tullett, consultant for Aviagen specialising in incubation and fertility, discusses the reasons for examining the hatch debris.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - January 2010
In the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board (WOAB), broiler meat and egg production forecasts are unchanged from last month.
People's Republic of China - Poultry and Products Annual 2009
China's broiler meat production will rise three per cent in 2010 to 12.5 million metric tons, according to Michael Woolsey and Jianping Zhang in the latest GAIN Report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
* Company News

Sharing Knowledge on the Agenda for Ross Customers
MALAYSIA - One of the highlights of the recent Ross Middle East and Africa Association (RMEAA) Meeting, which took place in Malaysia, was a visit to Huat Lai, a long-established and successful Ross 308 customer.
CID Lines Appoints Sales Manager for UK, Ireland
EU - CID Lines is delighted to announce the appointment of James Auchincloss as the National Sales Manager – Poultry – for the UK and Ireland.
Big Dutchman Equips Five Houses for 84,000 Pullets
GERMANY - As part of an in-company open day, Rothkötter Kraftfutterwerk GmbH recently inaugurated its new pullet rearing farm, which includes a turn-key building and equipment from Big Dutchman.
Ag Students Bring Agriculture to Life
US - University of Missouri students have won the second annual video contest sponsored by Alpharma.
Alpharma Introduces New Synbiotic Feed Supplement
US - Proflora combines a patented, direct-fed microbial with a prebiotic to improve nutrient utilisation.
Benefits of Cablevey's Feeding System
US - Cablevey poultry feeding system offers an even feed ingredient distribution and adequate feed space so all birds eat at the same time.
VIV India: Providing Knowledge, Sharing Visions
INDIA - The theme of the opening conference of VIV India 2010 will be 'Food security'. VIV India takes place in Bangalore on 1 to 3 February 2010.
Date Change for VIV China 2010
CHINA - VNU Exhibitions Europe, organiser of the VIV trade shows, announces a date change for VIV China 2010. VIV China will take place from 6 to 8 September 2010 at the New China International Exhibition Center in Hall West 1, 2 and 3.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: Govt Pays Farmers N630M Compensation
 » Thailand, Brazil Request Higher Import Quota
 » Tension Rises Ahead of Russian/US Poultry Trade Talks
 » OIE to Study Meat Production and Climate Change
 » Call for Nominations for World Veterinary Day Award

   United Kingdom

 » Eggs for the Perfectly Balanced Breakfast
 » Mollie Kelly, Co-Founder of KellyBronze Turkeys, Dies
 » Feed Driver Hours' Relaxation Ends
 » VLA: Spotty Liver Disease in Free-Range Poultry
 » NFU Welcomes Ombudsman Decision

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   Denmark

 » New Head of Aarhus Research Unit

   United States

 » Cargill Turkey Hatchery Celebrates Safety Award
 » Peptides Fed to Chicks Prevent Salmonella Colonisation
 » NC's First Poultry Litter-Powered Plant Goes Ahead
 » Poultry Meat, Eggs May Increase Cancer Progression
 » FSIS Amends List of Safe Ingredients for Meat Products
 » COOL Violates International Trade Obligations
 » US Pushes WTO to End EU Ban on US Poultry Meat
 » Smithfield Completes Sale of RMH and Maverick
 » Poultry Company Launches Innovation Centre
 » Weekly Outlook - Larger Corn and Soybean Crops
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Research Farm Opened to the Public, Local Officials
 » ARS Gene Collections Vital to Animal Research Efforts
 » Tyson Settles in Controversial Ad Case

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   Viet Nam

 » Bird Flu Vaccination Plan to Start Soon

   India

 » Minister Urges Farmers to Work Together
 » Ambitious Plan to Raise Output in Orissa by 2020
 » Rising Prices Blames on Growing Strong Demand

   Belgium

 » Belgian Authorities Respond to Critical Welfare Report

   Turkey

 » Poultry Output Growth to be Maintained in 2010

   Russian Federation

 » Views Vary over Chlorine Carcass Treatment Ban
 » Chlorine Ban Pushes up Russian Poultry Meat Prices

   Bangladesh

 » Bangladeshi Industry Calls for Halt to Egg Imports
 » Laws in Progress to Regulate Feed Safety

   Saudi Arabia

 » Saudi Poultry Farm Gutted by Fire
 » Production at Radwa Poultry Not Hit by Fire

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   France

 » Study into Risk Factors for Salmonella in Turkeys

   European Union

 » Multinational Group Studies Salmonella Risks in Layers

   Argentina

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Argentina

   Rwanda

 » US Investment to Boost Rwanda's Poultry Industry

   New Zealand

 » NZ Scheme Extended to Cover Farm Veterinarians

   Trinidad and Tobago

 » Poultry Price War Feared in Trinidad

   Germany

 » Wiesenhof Presses Charges over Alleged Cruelty

   Netherlands

 » Organic Feed Changes Gene Expression in Intestine

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That's all for this week!

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