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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 6 October 2011


Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – European Council Helps Consumers Make Healthier Choices

Last week, the European Council approved a compromise text, which aimed at ensuring that food labels carry essential information in a clear and legible way, following a second-reading agreement with the European Parliament.

This means that the new regulation is now adopted. The new food labelling rules enter into force 20 days after their publication in the Official Journal of the EU, which is expected for the end of November. The vast majority of them become applicable three years after their publication.

The main objective of the new regulation is to enable consumers to make balanced and healthier dietary choices. In future, prepacked food must be labelled with the energy value and the quantities of fat, saturates, carbohydrates, protein, sugars and salt. As a general principle, the energy value and the amounts of these nutrients (which together form the 'mandatory nutrition declaration') will have to be expressed per 100g or per 100ml, but can additionally be indicated on a per-portion basis.

The new piece of legislation extends the compulsory country of origin labelling to fresh poultry meat. Currently, the indication of the country of origin is compulsory notably for fresh beef (for which a separate piece of legislation was introduced during the BSE crisis), fruits and vegetables, honey, olive oil and where the failure to do so misleads consumers. The Commission must examine within two years after the entry into force of the new regulation the possible extension of the compulsory labelling of the country of origin to meat used as an ingredient. Non-prepacked food would also be exempted from nutrition labelling, unless member states decide otherwise at national level, except for allergens, which must always be indicated.

Also in the news in the last week, US poultry firm, Pilgrim's Pride is to appeal against a recent court ruling that it should pay around 90 of its broiler growers US$26 million as a result of its attempts at price-fixing in 2008.

Despite improved production prospects, world cereal markets are likely to remain fairly tight in 2011/2012, according to a new FAO report.

And finally, recent research at Australia's Poultry CRC demonstrates that broilers consume a considerable amount of litter, which stimulates gut development, and that the amount consumed depends on the type of material.

Jackie Linden

Fluxx Breeder from Big Dutchman

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Seeking Better Alternative Housing Systems for Poultry
Back to the future is not the way to go to provide a better environment for laying hens and broilers. While consumer and legal pressures are pushing for alternative to highly intensive systems, modern genotypes have different needs from their ancestors of decades ago, reports Jackie Linden, senior editor of ThePoultrySite, from a recent WPSA symposium on alternative housing of poultry.
Evaluation of New Energy Efficient-Lighting Technologies for Poultry Housing
All the energy-efficient lamps tested at the University of Delaware used less energy than standard incandescent ones but one of the new types was less durable than expected. Incandescent lamps will be phased out in the United States from next year and producers are looking for the best alternatives.
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Asia Takes a Bigger Share of Global Output
Despite some discrepencies in reporting and disease challenges, it is likely that the Asian region will account for an even larger proportion of global chicken meat production this year, writes industry watcher, Terry Evans in this, the first part of his analysis of the chicken industry in Asia in 2011.
Influence of Housing System on Salmonella Colonisation of the Gut of Laying Hens
Researchers in Denmark observed a more diverse gut microflora in hens housed in furnished cages or aviaries than conventional battery cages but there were no differences in Salmonella colonisation or excretion patterns between the groups.
France Reflects on Cost of Cheap Food at Any Price
"The real victims of the latest [agricultural] crises are those who have invested the most," French farm minister, Bruno Le Maire, told delegates at a day-long conference in Paris to discuss the way agricultural commodity prices develop into retail prices for finished product, writes Peter Crosskey.
Canada - Poultry and Products Annual - 2011
Under the country's supply management system, a small increase in chicken production and a continuation of the flat turkey market are forecast in the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
People's Republic of China - Poultry and Products Annual - 2011
Broiler meat production in 2012 will continue modest growth, rising nearly four per cent to 13.8 million metric tons (MMT) from an estimated 13.2MMT this year, according to the latest GAIN Report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
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* Company News

Cobb to Strengthen Presence Across Asia
ASIA - Cobb-Vantress has opened a regional sales and technical office in Bangkok to serve the growing market for its broiler breeding stock in Asia.
Timashevskaya Brings Smart to Samara Region
RUSSIA - Pas Reform continues to deliver substantial market growth in Russia, as work begins on a new Smart hatchery complex for Timashevskaya Poultry Farms, in the south-eastern Samara region.
Ceva Animal Heath Organises Vec'Tour 2011
ASIA - Ceva Animal Heath Asia Pacific resently organised a series of technical seminars to launch Vectormune® HVT-NDV in the region - Vec’Tour 2011.
Vetech Laboratories Acquired by Ceva
CANADA - Ceva Sante Animale has announced the acquisition of Vetech Laboratories, Inc., a Canadian poultry vaccine manufacturer.
Ceva Acquires CentaurVA Animal Health
CANADA - Ceva has announced announced the acquisition of CentaurVA Animal Health, a division of Centaur Pharmaceuticals Inc. CentaurVA manufactures and distributes products for small and large animal veterinary practitioners.
Life Technologies Launches Ion PGM Sequencer: Monitoring Better Poultry Viruses Variability Now Affordable
FRANCE - Life Technologies, a provider of innovative life science solutions, announced that it has launched its Ion Personal Genome Machine (PGM) sequencer, the first product to use semiconductor sequencing technology.
Glo Agrilamp LED Revolution Continues
UK - The headlines read: "1000 floor eggs a day reduced to 30-40 average"; "Reduced waste feed, a new way to look at FCR"; and with farmers reporting calmer flocks and improved animal welfare all over the world, what is it about the Glo Agrilamp that really makes the difference?
Global Food Safety Initiative
US - Chinese scientists and researchers from US institutions recently furthered their collaboration on food safety initiatives.
Indbro Developing Birds for Tropical Environments
INDIA - The Government of India has encouraged the private sector to undertake Pure Line breeding work to reduce dependence, reduce the possibility of importing emerging problems and to develop the technological capability of the country to export instead of continually importing of the breeding stocks.
Danisco Enzyme Combinations Minimise Variability
GLOBAL - High energy prices and the volatility of grain, fat and oilseed meal markets have placed pressure on nutritionists to apply dietary strategies that reduce the impact of increasing raw material prices on the cost/kg of poultry produced. One option is to increase the use of enzymes in the feed to ensure additional nutrient value is captured.
Pericoli Asian Regional Office Opens
ITALY/ASIA - Italian based manufacturer of ventilation, cooling and heating systems, Termotecnica Pericoli S.r.l., despite having a presence in Asia now has an official regional office in the region.
* Global Poultry Industry News

   Uganda

 » BIRD FLU: Officials Warn of Bird Flu Outbreak
 » Focus of Poultry Farming in Gulu
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   United States

 » Drop in US Meat and Poultry Production Predicted
 » CME: Broiler Margins See Slight Improvement
 » US Egg Products Report – September 2011
 » Court Rules in Favour of Broiler Growers
 » FDA Announces Retail Food Safety Action Plan
 » NFU: Senate Must Pass Bill to Make FTAs Fairer
 » CME: Corn Usage Uncertain with Changing Yields
 » Views on Ratification of FTAs; USDA Statement
 » AGCO to Acquire GSI Holdings
 » Poultry Firm's Appeal Refused
 » Pilgrim's Pride Will Appeal
 » US Industry Urges Congress to Approve FTAs
 » CME: Pilgrim’s Violated Packers & Stockyards Act
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » New Officers Installed for National Chicken Council
 » Conference Will Examine Corn Cost and Availability
 » Cargill Forced to Lay off Workers in Springdale

   Malaysia

 » Govt Conducts Close Poultry Price Checks

   United Kingdom

 » BEIS: Harvard School of Public Health Study
 » UK Wins Food Fight
 » UFU, UK Farming Unions Meet to Discuss Cage Ban
 » Lobbying Secures Changes for Organic Sector
 » Strong Year for Moy Park but Challenges Ahead
 » HSA Calls for Scholarship Applications

   Canada

 » Fee Cap for Livestock & Embryo Industries
 » Animal Health Week: Protecting Health of all Species

   Pakistan

 » Events Boost Revival of Pakistan's Poultry Sector
 » Decade of Improvements in Output and Efficiency
 » Poultry Sector Seeks Government Support
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   Netherlands

 » Han Defauwes Named Meyn President and CEO

   South Africa

 » Profit Falls at Sovereign Foods

   Kuwait

 » Support for Closure of Poultry Shops

   Russian Federation

 » Cherkizovo Opens Russia’s Largest Hatchery

   India

 » Emu Farming Spells Big Profits in India

   Nepal

 » Farmers Receive Valuable Training

   Ireland

 » Market Report Published on Prebiotics, Antibiotics

   General

 » International Egg and Poultry Review
 » World Cereal Markets Expected to Stay Tight

   Australia

 » Videos Show Free-Range Hen Behaviour
 » Australians Eat More Chicken
 » Litter Consumption Affects Gut Development

   European Union

 » Council Helps Consumers Make Healthier Choices

   Hungary

 » Meat Processing Waste for Renewable Energy
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That's all for this week!

Ed.
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