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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 2 September 2010

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Thursday 2nd September 2010
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Editorial - Rethinking the Rules on Methionine and Battery Cages

The supplementation of diets for organic poultry production in the US with the amino acid, methionine, is to be permitted until 2012. The USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) announced an amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which extends the use of methionine in organic poultry production, subject to comment, until 1 October 2012.

Earlier this week, at a meeting of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, UK Independence Party's agriculture spokesman and Norfolk egg farmer, Stuart Agnew MEP, clashed with a European Commission representative over the battery cage ban due to come into force on 1 January 2012.

Mr Agnew alleges that the Commission is ignoring the likelihood that 29 per cent of EU egg production will still be from caged birds when the ban comes into force.

He is championing a solution – the creation of an extra number '4' classification to be used to identify colony-produced eggs. Without this option, Mr Agnew says that 29 per cent of production will be replaced by imported eggs from outside the EU, which will be produced in battery cages, or you give the non-compliant member states more time, resulting in eggs from different production systems being put on the market under the same label.

And finally, researchers in Japan have found that a mutated avian flu virus can infect humans. A strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) that mutated in pigs in Indonesia has acquired the ability to infect humans.

Research team leader, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, of the University of Tokyo's Institute of Medical Science said: "There are concerns that a highly pathogenic flu virus which can easily be transmitted to humans could spread without being noticed. Pigs must be tested for viruses even if they don't show symptoms."

Jackie Linden

Intestinal Health

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Combining Salt With Heat Shows Way to Reduce Salmonella
Poultry processors who constantly engage in the battle to keep Salmonella contamination off their products may have a new procedure at their disposal: add some salt and turn up the heat, according to researcher, Dr Milillo of the University of Arkansas in the latest Food Safety Consortium newsletter.
Comparison of Single- and Multi-Stage Incubation for Broilers
Compared to multi-stage incubation, single-stage incubation gave more consistent results in improving broiler performance, according to research conducted by Drs Michael J. Wineland, Vern L. Christensen and Edgar Oviedo of the Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University. The work was sponsored by the US Poultry and Egg Association.
Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics - April to June 2010
By Statistics Canada - This publication provides data on the production, supply and disposition and value of Canadian poultry meat and eggs for the second quarter of 2010.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - August 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 July 2010.
* Company News

Italy's Largest Layer Hatchery Visits Hy-Line
UK - Executives from Societa Agricola Valversa, Hy-Line's exclusive distributor in Italy, toured the Hy-Line Millennium Hatchery and parent farms located near Birmingham, discussed Hy-Line's global activities and reviewed product performance with Hy-Line staff.
Aviagen Hosts Visit from New Zealand's Tegel Foods
UK - Aviagen recently invited two production managers from Tegel Foods Ltd, New Zealand, to explore successful customer operations in both the UK and Malaysia. The visit was aimed at building on the already close relationship between Aviagen and Tegel Foods who have exclusively used Ross birds since 1974.
Cobb Research Team Expands in Two Continents
NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE - The expansion in the Cobb research programme is forging ahead in North America and Europe where new appointments strengthen the company team developing products for the future.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: WHO: Mutated Avian Flu Virus Can Infect Humans

   United States

 » Will Rising Grain Prices Affect Livestock and Poultry?
 » CAST Publishes Sustainability Report
 » More Cooked Turkey Deli Meat Enters Market
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn Yield Potential Reduced?
 » Stakeholders Fight for Public Opinion after Egg Recall
 » ISU Advises on Choosing Energy-Efficient Fans
 » Dorada Poultry to Open in Ponca City
 » US Monthly Egg Products Report - August 2010
 » Egg Farm Turns Waste into Power
 » Penn State Helped Create Salmonella Control Programme
 » Multiple Biosecurity Lapses at Two Egg Farms Reported
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Expert Comments on FDA Report on Salmonella Risk


 » Abattoir, Farms Operators Berated on Standards

   Saudi Arabia

 » Poultry, Cattle Producers Enrol for Saudi Agro-Food


 » Another Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Peru


 » Govt Needs Positive Outcome of Nitrates Review
 » Study: Agri-Food Industry’s View on Animal Cloning

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   Czech Republic

 » Doing More with Less: Environmental Economics

   Russian Federation

 » Russia Approves Four More US Plants for Exports


 » Sindirações Has New President


 » Food, Poultry Companies Invest in Future Growth


 » SMC Streamlines Meat, Poultry Businesses

   United Kingdom

 » MEP Warns that EC Unprepared for Battery Cage Ban
 » Plan Approved for Poultry Biomass Plant

   South Africa

 » AFGRI Reports Profit Increase of 32 Per Cent


 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Italy


 » OIE's Barcos to Headline IPC Meeting in Santiago


 » Poultry Association Strikes


 » Industry Crisis Deepens

Optisec; High-capacity manure drying tunnel for a maximum dry-matter content

 » More Pullorum Disease Outbreaks Reported


 » Nutritionists Meet at CRC Net Energy Workshop

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