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This week we start in Vietnam where Prime Minister Phan Van Khai has ordered measures be immediately taken to determine the seriousness of a recent avian influenza outbreak. Between July 19 and August 8 three people died from pneumonia after testing positive for type A influenza (H5).
    The Prime Minister requested farmers take measures in line with the Law on Veterinary Disease including culling birds and sterilising their farms. Under the directive, poultry products and animal feed from infected localities will be prohibited from sale.

The World Health Organisation has said it had a team on standby to travel to Vietnam to help tackle the new bird flu outbreak, as authorities tested the relatives of the three latest fatalities. WHO representatives met Vietnamese officials last week to discuss the latest outbreak, which comes after Vietnam announced on March 30 that it was free of the disease.

Vietnam stepped up culling poultry Saturday in a southern province where a woman was confirmed to have died of bird flu. "We have destroyed the poultry around the places of the victims," said a health official. State media said Hau Giang has culled nearly 17,000 chickens and birds in the past month.

In Thailand, the authorities seized more than 100 bottles of avian influenza vaccine on Sunday to implement the government's ban on use of the poultry disease vaccine, reports Xinhuanet. The vials were found in chiller cabinets in two poultry shops when some 50 police and Health Ministry officials raided a weekend market in a bid to crack down selling of bird flu vaccine.
     The Thai government has declared a ban on any use, selling and import of the fowl disease vaccine, citing the safety of poultry and human beings as concerns.

In Japan, a chicken farm operator was given a one-year prison sentence for covering up a bird flu outbreak that triggered a scare in western Japan. The judge ruled that Hideaki Asada violated livestock hygiene laws and said that the executive chose the survival of his company, Asada Nosan, over his social responsibility as a food supplier.

The Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators (PABI) has asked the Department of Agriculture to petition Japan for the immediate reduction of poultry tariff to 0-3 percent, so that the Philippines can take advantage of export opportunities brought about by its bird flu-free status, reports eFeedLink.

In Malaysia, poultry processors are not ruffled by reports of an import ban on Malaysian birds by Japan and Singapore following a suspected case of bird flu in a duck farm in Kampar, Perak. Dindings Poultry Processing says it is not worried as the duck farm has been given a clean bill of health after tests by the Perak veterinary services cleared the birds of avian influenza, according to eFeedLink.

India's Ministry of Agriculture issued a statement last week banning the import of chicken, chicken meat, eggs and pork for the next six months. "The government has issued a notification to prohibit the import of some livestock and livestock products from all countries in view of the reported outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza," the statement said.

In South Africa, the economic cost of the Eastern Cape bird flu outbreak could exceed R260 million if the department of agriculture stops poultry exports for the rest of the year. The virus has killed 1500 ostriches in the Bedford region, resulting in a rapid response from the department. A quarantine was set up in a 30km radius of the sites and all poultry in the area will be slaughtered and destroyed as a precautionary measure.
     Nationwide tests are still being conducting on ostriches as South Africa continues to slaughter diseased birds at two farms following an outbreak of bird flu which had led to the ban on poultry exports. There are 6,000 ostriches at the two affected farms but the agriculture ministry has said that as many as 30,000 could be put down in a 30 kilometer radius.
     The use of untreated surface water now is highly suspected as spreading the avian influenza virus in South Africa's ostrich farms, according to the country's veterinary experts on Wednesday. Open dams or free-running water may have spread the bird flu virus to ostriches, which should drink treated water, the South Africa Veterinary Association said.

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Agriculture lifted the temporary import bans imposed on live poultry and hatching eggs from the United States out of fear that they might be infected with Avian Influenza and/or West Nile Virus. The decision to rescind the import bans will reopen the more than $4.2 million export market for US companies involved in the exportation of live poultry and hatching eggs.

In the US, Tyson Foods is launching a $75 million marketing program which the company hopes will transform its long-standing public image as a chicken processor into one of an all-around protein supplier.Consumers are currently interested in low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets. In response, several food companies – including those outside of the meat industry – are positioning their products as low-carbohydrate foods.

Federal compliance officers have finished investigating the West Virginia processing plant where workers were accused of torturing chickens before slaughter, but the USDA is still reviewing the results. A spokesman said it may be a few weeks before the agency decides whether any action is needed at the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Moorefield, where 11 workers were fired for mistreating birds.

Finally, a correction. In last weeks newsletter, we cited the story about a case of Bird flu in Kampar Perak. However we incorrectly stated Kampar Perak as being in the Philippines rather than its actual location in Malaysia. Apologies for this error.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this regular newsletter section we aim to provide a brief overview of the new Feature articles that have been added to the site over the past week.

We have 3 new features this week

The Ideal Amino Acid Requirements and Profile for Broilers, Layers, and Broiler Breeders
By Craig Coon, Poultry Science Department, University of Arkansas and published by the American Soybean Association - The importance of utilizing the correct amount of balanced dietary protein and amino acids for poultry is a high priority issue for several reasons. First, the costs of protein and amino acids are some of the most expensive nutrients in feeds/per unit weight. Selecting the correct level of amino acids needed for your company becomes a critical economic decision.

Cleaner Farms Better flocks: Keeping out disease and harmful bacteria
By the Food Standards Agency - Protect your business: On every chicken farm there are invisible threats to the birds – and your profits. Poultry diseases and food poisoning bacteria can easily find their way in and spread through the flock.

Impact of Feathers and Feather Follicles on Broiler Carcass Bacteria
By J. A. Cason, A. Hinton, Jr., and R. J. Buhr, Poultry Processing and Meat Quality Research Unit, USDA/ARS - Genetically featherless and feathered broiler siblings were used to test the contribution of feathers and feather follicles to the numbers of aerobic bacteria, Escherichia coli, and Campylobacter in whole-carcass rinse samples taken immediately after carcasses were defeathered for 30 or 60 s.

That's all for this week.

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