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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 29 July 2010

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Editorial - EU Authorises GM Maize, Identifies Broiler and Breeder Welfare Issues

The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) Panel on Animal Health and Welfare has adopted scientific opinions on the welfare of broilers and broiler breeders.

For broilers, EFSA identified the major welfare concerns as those associated with genetic selection, including skeletal disorders leading to problems such as lameness, contact dermatitis, irregular body shape and sudden death syndrome. The experts highlight that the welfare of broilers could be improved if birds were genetically selected to withstand the environment they live in, including slower growth rates. They added that higher priority should be given to decreasing the number of lame birds and reducing contact dermatitis.

The main welfare issue in broiler breeders, according to EFSA experts, is linked to selection for high feed intake, which requires feed to be restricted to breeders to maintain good health. They recommend minimising competition for feed to reduce injuries and in the longer term, selection of birds that require less feed restriction. They also suggest stimuli such as perches and raised nest boxes, lowering stocking density and increasing light levels. Finally, the expert panel recommends that management practices aimed at reducing injuries should only be carried out – if at all – by trained personnel using the least painful method.

After years of back-and-forth procrastination, the European Commission has this week authorised six genetically modified (GM) varieties of maize for food and feed uses – though not cultivation – in the EU.

And finally, a further step in the concentration of the global animal health sector was taken this week as Sanofi-aventis and Merck announced their intention to combine Merial with Intervet/Schering-Plough, creating a new global leader in the sector to be called Merial-Intervet. Approval of the new joint venture by the regulatory authorities is expected early in 2011.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 6 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Poultry Meat Consumption in the Americas Well Above World Average
On average, poultry meat consumption is well above the global mean, writes Terry Evans in the last of this special series on the industry in the Americas for ThePoultrySite.
Eggs and Egg Products in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a major producer of eggs and egg products, with the majority of production being exported, according to a new report Livestock, Meat and Eggs in the Netherlands 2010 published by the Product Boards for Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE).
Residue Testing in Ireland Revealed Very Few Positives
In 2009, just 0.3 per cent of samples from Irish animals and products were positive for residues, according to the the National Residue Control Plan for 2009. In the poultry sector, nine non-compliant samples were found to contain residues of a feed additive and one sample was positive for diclofenac.
Making It Easier to Achieve Top Performance
Flock uniformity is key, write Pete Sbanotto (Cobb 500 product manager) and Rodrigo Terra Celidonio (product manager, Cobb-Vantress, Brazil) in the latest issue of Cobb Focus.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - July 2010
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data. It includes data to June 2010.
Philippines - Chicken Industry Updates
Domestic chicken production increased by 1.5 per cent in 2009 and is projected to continue to expand again this year, while demand is also forecast to rise, according to Pia A. Ang in the latest GAIN report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
DSM Vitamin News
* Company News

IDRI and Merial in Research Collaboration
US - Global animal health company Merial and non-profit biotechnology organisation the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) have agreed to cooperate regarding the research and development of certain vaccines for animals.
Sanofi-aventis, Merck Appoint CEO for New JV
GLOBAL - Sanofi-aventis and Merck have announced their intention to combine Merial with Intervet/Schering-Plough, to create a new global leader in Animal Health to be called Merial-Intervet. Raul Kohan has been appointed CEO of the new joint venture when it is approved by regulatory authorities and closes, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2011.
Prinzen Relaunches Web Site
NETHERLANDS - Prinzen has re-launched its web site, www.prinzen.com.
DSM Shows Commitment to Animal Nutrition, Health
SWITZERLAND - DSM's strong commitment to Animal and Human Nutrition & Health as well as Personal Care was spelled out at its 2010 Nutrition Forum, whose theme was '2020: Nourish, Protect and Improve', thereby focusing strongly on sustainability questions.
First Novogen Breeding Stock Arrives in Japan
JAPAN - The first Novogen breeding stock has arrived in Japan, 'the land of the rising sun'.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   General

 » BIRD FLU: WHO Reports Human H5N1 Cases Reach 501
 » Improved Disease Prevention in Animal Health
 » WTO Supports China over US Chicken Imports

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   Ireland

 » IFA: Tesco Attempting to Smash Egg Producers
 » Ireland's 12 Billion Euro Exports Vision
 » Opportunities to Improve Irish Competitiveness

   Saudi Arabia

 » Stunning Chickens for Slaughter is Legal

   United States

 » Foster Farms Wins $10 Million Case Against SunTrust
 » Meat and Poultry Industry Measuring Food Safety
 » Perdue's Pollution Case Dismissal Call Denied
 » USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - June 2010
 » NTF Honours Turkey Researcher
 » Pilgrim's Pride to Resume Exports to Russia
 » RTC Weight Up Two Per Cent from Last Year
 » Improving Picture for Cal-Maine
 » Extension of GIPSA Comment Period Pleases AFBF
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: US
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

   United Kingdom

 » Changes to Food Standards Agency
 » First TV Sponsorship for British Lion Eggs
 » Consumers Advised Not to Wash Chickens
 » FSA Identifies Key Steps to Control Campylobacter

Novus International
   Fiji

 » Quality Farm-Fresh Eggs in Demand

   India

 » Eggs and Broiler Turning Cheaper
 » Hester Sets up Vaccine JV in Nepal

   Philippines

 » San Miguel Close to Divesting Food Group

   Bangladesh

 » Poultry Industry to Become Leading Sector

   China

 » China Makes Progress in Disease Control
 » Yuhe Acquires Five Breeder Farms in Liaoning
 » WHO Head Praises China over Disease Control

   Netherlands

 » Global Spread for Feed Safety Assurance Scheme
 » Forthcoming Health Lab Testing Schemes from GD
 » Water Quality Continues to Improve

   Sri Lanka

 » Industry Opposes Chicken Imports

   Mexico

 » Mixed Picture for Bachoco in Second Quarter

   Peru

 » Newcastle Disease Recurs in Fighting Birds

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   Zimbabwe

 » Chick Shortage Brings Call for Imports

   Israel

 » Larger Chicken Farmers Lose Housing Grant

   Malaysia

 » Leong Hup Invests in New Broiler Farm

   European Union

 » Commission Authorises Six GM Maize Varieties
 » EFSA Identifies Potential Welfare Issues
 » Eurogroup Calls for Stricter Rules on Welfare
 » EFSA: Cautious Approval of Manure Lime Treatment

   Thailand

 » Egg Prices Start to Return to Normal
 » CPF Sets Sights on Turkey

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That's all for this week!

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