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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 11 August 2011

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – First Study Shows Less Antibiotic-Resistance on Organic Farms

A new study suggests that removing antibiotic use from large-scale US poultry farms can result in immediate and significant reductions in antibiotic resistance for some bacteria.

Antibiotic use in conventional animal food production in the US has created public health concern because it has been shown to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can potentially spread to humans.

The study, led by Dr Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, provides data demonstrating that poultry farms that have transferred from conventional to organic practices and ceased using antibiotics have significantly lower levels of drug-resistant enterococci bacteria.

The possible effects of genetic modification (GM) of food-producing animals on their health and welfare as well as food safety form the focus of a new consultation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

In its guidance document, EFSA outlines specific data requirements and the methodology to be followed for risk assessment should applications for food and feed derived from GM animals be submitted for market authorisation in the European Union. The risk assessment approach compares GM animals and derived food and feed with their respective conventional counterparts integrating both food and feed safety as well as animal health and welfare aspects. Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to provide their comments through an online public consultation that runs until 30 September 2011.

Finally, turning to bird flu, a Dutch study has found that culling is more effective than vaccination to control the disease in poultry.

Vaccinating chickens within a radius of 3km of an infected farm may at first appear to be cheaper.

However, it is less effective because the epidemic spreads further and lasts longer than the practice of culling on farms within a radius of one to three kilometres of infected farms, according to the study performed by LEI together with the Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), both part of Wageningen UR.

From South Africa in the last week, it has been reported that routine surveillance has revealed H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at nine more commercial ostrich farms, all in the Western Cape.

In human terms, there was good news as the only case reported this week – a six-year-old Egyptian girl – has recovered after hospital treatment. WHO reports that there have been 48 reported cases of H5N1 flu in humans so far this year, 24 of whom died. These are the same totals reported for the whole of 2010.

Jackie Linden

Intestinal Health

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

In-Ovo Feeding and the Promise of Perinatal Nutrition
The latest advances in in-ovo feeding were reviewed by two respected researchers in this field. Senior editor, Chris Wright, reports from the Alltech Symposium earlier this year.
Controlling Price Volatility in Food
Concerns over volatility in the food and agriculture market stem from fears over price rises and behind this, fears over food security, writes ThePoultrySite editor in chief, Chris Harris.
Single Vaccination of Broilers Does Not Reduce Transmission of H5N1
A single vaccination of commercial broilers does not reduce transmission of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus, according to research carried out in Indonesia.
Cold Atmospheric Gas Plasma Disinfection of Chicken
Atmospheric gas plasmas have potential for commercial meat decontamination, according to research carried out in Spain using chicken meat and skin inoculated with Listeria innocua.
Mycotoxin Risk Management and the Successful Use of Enzyme-Producing Microorganisms
Mycotoxin risk management tool involves both the elimination of mycotoxins by adsorptive materials, and the conversion of their toxic structures into non-toxic, harmless metabolites, according to Inês Rodrigues, Technical Manager for Biomin Holding.
Novus International
* Company News

Successful Seminar by Hy-Line and Avícola El Monte
CHILE - Hy-Line International and Avícola El Monte de Chile held the Second Avian Pathology and Production Seminar on 26 July 2011 in Santiago de Chile.
Aviagen & CISF Celebrate 25 Years Working Together
INDONESIA - A recent seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia, celebrated 25 years of partnership between Aviagen and their Ross distributor PT Cibadak Indah Sari Farm (CISF).
Aviagen Australia Ships First GP Breeders to China
AUSTRALIA - From its production base in Griffith, NSW, Aviagen Australia achieved an important milestone as a production facility for the Asian region, by successfully shipping Arbor Acres Plus grandparent (GP) chicks for the first time to a customer in China.
Cobb Appoints New Director of World Marketing
US - Roger Vessell, who has over 26 years of sales and marketing experience, has been appointed director of world marketing for Cobb-Vantress.
Merck Supports Recovery of Japanese Animal Sector
NETHERLANDS & JAPAN - Merck Animal Health has donated about US$30,000 (¥2.3 million) to three veterinary and farmer associations in Japan to support recovery of the Japanese animal sector following the earthquake and tsunami.
New Definition for Chelated Trace Minerals
US - A new feed ingredient definition for Mintrex chelated trace minerals from Novus has been accepted by regulator, AAFCO.
Novus's Sustainability Report Awarded B-Check
US - Novus International, Inc. announces publication of its 2010 Sustainability Report, which documents and measures the company's comprehensive social, environmental and economic sustainability programme globally.
Chelated Trace Minerals Maximise Bioavailability
US - Mintrex chelated trace minerals help poultry producers maximise tissue integrity and egg shell strength, according to Novus.
New Web Site from Meriden Philippines
PHILIPPINES - Meriden Philippines has recently launched a new web site,
Biomin Hosts 1st National Mycotoxin Symposium
SRI LANKA - The first National Mycotoxin Symposium recently took place in Sri Lanka on 2 June 2011.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » BIRD FLU: Culling is More Effective than Vaccination

   United States

 » IPE/IFE Registration Open
 » CME:Profitability Issues Hit Broiler Producers Hard
 » Biotechnology Enhances Health, Food Production
 » Tyson Foods Selects New Board Member
 » No Agreement over Idaho Water Regulations
 » Seminar Targets Continuous Progress in Production
 » US Turkey Supply is Safe, Says AMI
 » Egg Breakfasts Best for Important Days
 » CME: Demand, Exports Vital to Continue Success
 » Tyson Sees Profits Slip on Rising Sales
 » CME: August Ending Stocks Will be Lowest in Years
 » Fewer Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Organic Farms
 » Cargill's Earnings Rise for Fiscal Year
 » USDA Seeks Comments: Animal Disease Traceability
 » Perdue Announces First Solar Installation
 » Corn and Soybean Production Prospects
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » A Cage is a Cage, Says HFAC
Fluxx Breeder from Big Dutchman

 » MHP Appoints New Vice-President


 » Farm Prices Fall While Raw Materials Rise


 » Poultry Co-Operative Achieves Success


 » KFC Quits Fiji

   Saudi Arabia

 » Chicken Prices Rise for Ramadan


 » Call for Development of Poultry Vaccines Locally
 » Return to Daily Poultry Prices Fixed by Govt


 » Suguna Invests in New Feed Mill

   New Zealand

 » Massey Researcher Wins Top International Award

   United Kingdom

 » Celebrate Summer with British Lion Eggs
 » Chair of Health & Welfare Board Appointed
 » Veterinary Products Committee Appointments
 » Agency Helps Farmers Protect River Ithon

 » Fertiliser Value and Proper Management of Manure
 » Cargill Launches SafetySense

   South Africa

 » Bird Flu Virus Found at Nine More Ostrich Farms
 » Poultry Companies' Dispute Continues


 » Broiler Industry Approaches Crisis-Point


 » Aarbar's Acquisition of Banvit Completed

   European Union

 » Risks in Processed Hatchery Waste for Pet Foods
 » EFSA Consults on GM Effects on Health & Welfare


 » Mexico Manages Effects of Prolonged Drought

   Sri Lanka

 » Profits Plummet at Bairaha

   Russian Federation

 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Russia


 » First-Half Meat Output Rises
 » WPC 2012: Abstract Submission Open


 » CP Profits Rise 20 Per Cent
 » Disease Outbreaks under Investigation


 » Domestic Chicken Supply Stabilised

That's all for this week!

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