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We start this week in Malaysia, where a total of 11,217 chickens, ducks and pet birds have been culled in the northern state of Kelantan since bird flu was detected in mid-August there, the Malaysia Veterinary Services Department said on Sunday. The department said in a statement that other parts of the country were not affected by the outbreak.
     On Aug 17th, the virus emerged in the Tumpat District before it was detected in six other villages in four districts in the past weeks.

In Cambodia, the latest outbreak of bird flu may have originated from pond water containing the droppings of infected wild birds, a senior agriculture official said Thursday. The tentative finding reinforces scientists' theories that wild ducks may play a major role in the spread of the disease, which wreaked havoc in Asia's poultry industry earlier this year.

Cambodia Ltd., a unit of Thailand's largest agricultural conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group said last Thursday that its farm is free of the bird flu virus which has infected poultry farms near the capital, Phnom Penh. "C.P. Cambodia didn't cause the deadly virus spread in Cambodia since it has taken strict preventive measures in its farm," the company's president Sakol Cheewakoseg said.

In South Africa, agriculture officials will begin culling a further 4000 ostriches after discovering a new pocket of avian flu among ostriches on a farm near Fort Brown. Blood tests on the birds have confirmed the presence of the deadly virus, and many of them were showing symptoms of the disease, agriculture department spokesman Segoati Mahlangu said.

In Singapore, as fresh eggs have been in short supply, some retailers have been quick to switch to other options. Farms have imported braised eggs by tens of thousands, costing 70 cents each, with many having made their way into supermarkets and grocery stores. Bacteria in braised eggs are killed under high temperature before being vacuum-packed. Braised eggs have a shelf life of to a year.

The Russian Federal Veterinarian Control Service has reduced the ban on poultry imports from Finland to only one district, Satakunta in Western Finland, said the Agriculture Ministry press service. Poultry imports from Western Finland province were banned on July 23 because of an outbreak of Newcastle disease. Now that the Newcastle disease situation has stabilized, the ban has been cancelled for all districts but Satakunta, according to eFeedLink.

Russian vets are heading for the USA to inspect poultry for export to Russia, reports They will inspect about 100 farms to find out to what extent Russian veterinarian requirements are complied with. The findings of the inspection will be considered in Moscow. This may result in the list of suppliers being extended.

In the US, the Agricultural Marketing Service is updating its shell egg surveillance regulations to make them easier to understand and follow. The program ensures that eggs sold to consumers meet the standards for consumer grade eggs and ensures that they are properly handled. The amendments clarify the requirements for egg inspections, simplifying the interpretation and implementation of the Shell Egg Surveillance Program.
See also: FDA proposes on-farm egg safety regulation

In the UK, the Quality British Turkey standard, set up to assure retailers, caterers and the public they are choosing the most superior turkey meat available, has just got tougher, reports FarmingLife. The British Turkey Sector Group, which manages the assurance scheme, has broadened its scope to cover every aspect of bird welfare, traceability and food safety from the hatchery to final processing.

Ben Bradshaw, the Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries, has announced that organic poultry producers will be allowed to continue to benefit from the derogation which permits higher stocking densities and flock sizes if their buildings were in place before 24 August 1999. It will put UK producers on an even footing with those in the rest of Europe.

In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Farmers’ Union has commented on progress being made towards a ‘pay as you go’ fallen animals scheme. The scheme will see participating farmers paying a nominal £28 annual registration fee followed by a ‘pay as you go’ charge for collection of fallen animals from the farm. Government will make a 30% contribution to collection charges in the first year of the scheme.

* 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 2 new features this week

The Role of Dietary Vitamin E in Experimental Listeria
By M. Zhu, Graduate Assistant, I. V. Wesley, USDA ARS National Animal Disease Center, A. Mendonca, Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition and D. U. Ahn, Professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University - A study conducted by the USDA, Iowa State University and the University of Arkansas revealed that extra vitamin E fed to turkeys appears to help control infections from listeria. The researchers found that vitamin E improved the ability of turkeys to fight the growth of listeria.

Moulting - a natural process
By M R Ellis, Poultry Branch, Agriculture Western Australia, Reviewed by DPI&F officers - During the autumn, many household poultry keepers, particularly people keeping poultry for the first time, are often puzzled because although their laying birds appear healthy, egg production has markedly declined or ceased altogether.

That's all for this week.

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