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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 24 November 2011

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Editorial – EU Takes Action on Antibiotic Use

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem in the EU, according to the European Commission (EC). Because of this, it has launched an action plan detailing 12 concrete actions to be implemented in close cooperation with the Member States.

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli said: "We need to take swift and determined action if we do not want to lose antimicrobial medicines as essential treatment against bacterial infections in both humans and animals.

"The 12 concrete actions for the next five years could help limit the spread of anti-microbial resistance and help develop new anti-microbial treatment. Their success requires joined efforts from the EU, the Member States, health-care professionals, industry, farmers and many others."

The Action Plan specifically states that more action should be taken to ensure that antimicrobials are used appropriately in animals. It also aims to improve the monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial use.

The EC says that is plans to strengthen EU law on veterinary medicines and medicated feeds, as well as introduce recommendations for prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine.

Another goal of the plan is to introduce legal tools to tighten prevention and control of infections in animals in the new EU Animal Health Law.

Finally, the EC will promote efforts to analyse the need for new antibiotics in veterinary medicine.

Subsequently, a new alliance – consisting of Compassion in World Farming, The Soil Association and Sustain – has called for the EU to cut the use of antibiotic by 50 per cent by 2015.

The alliance has clarified that it is not calling for a total withdrawal of antibiotic treatment of farm animals, simply to use it to treat sick animals, thereby reducing suffering and maintaining good animal welfare.

In the US, it has been reported that the egg business at the centre of last year's widespread Salmonella outbreak, Wright County Farm, is being sold. Another large egg company has announced it is to review welfare practices and food safety procedures following the release of an undercover video showing animal abuse.

France's food safety agency has published a negative opinion on the reintroduction of non-ruminant processed animals protein (PAP; previously known as meat and bone meal) into feeds.

On international trade, a bilateral relationship between China and Brazil is set to expand, with more Brazilian processing plants being certified to export poultry meat to China.

There have been reports of sub-clinical Newcastle disease in central Mexico and clinical disease on five broiler farms in Israel.

On bird flu, the Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at Zhupei City in the northern region of Hsinchu.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 8 new features this week:

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS – Chicken Wins in Europe on Price and Versatility
Poultry meat consumption is expected to rise steadily to 2020, with average consumption reaching 24.5kg, which is six per cent more than in 2009, writes Terry Evans, while uptake in the rest of Europe has expanded more rapidly and will continue to do so.
Disease Prevention Crucial for Embryos and Young Chicks
Chick quality is the grounding for a successful poultry industry, reports Lucy Towers, ThePoultrySite newsdesk assistant. With chick quality varying greatly, investing in research to prevent diseases in young chicks and chick embryos is crucial for the broiler and layer industries.
Managing Fertility: Good Breeding Shows
Tips on enhancing fertility in the breeding flock from Maciej Kolanczyk of Pas Reform.
US Food Safety Policy Enters a New Era
Research conducted by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) over the past two decades provides a number of lessons that can help identify efficient and effective means of implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010.
Evaluating Interventions against Salmonella in Broiler Chickens
A combination of on-farm and processing interventions was the most effective in achieving relative reductions in the concentration and prevalence of Salmonella by the end of chilling in a Canadian experiment using a scoping study and systematic review-meta-analysis.
Effect of Varying Light Intensity on Welfare Indices of Broiler Chickens Grown to Heavy Weights
Low light intensities used commercially to reduce hyperactivity, pecking damage and energy costs in broiler production did not compromise the welfare of the birds, according to researchers based in Mississippi.
Campylobacter Contamination in Broiler Carcasses and Correlation with Slaughterhouses' Operational Hygiene Inspection
Campylobacter were detected in 51.9 per cent of broiler carcasses, according to researchers based in Belgium, and slaughterhouse hygiene scores and Campylobacter contamination were found to be correlated.
US Poultry Outlook - November 2011
Broiler meat production in the fourth quarter of 2011 is expected to be lower than a year ago but taking the entire year into consideration, output is expected to exceed that for 2010, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
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* Company News

Smart Poultry Feed Mill Cuts Carbon Emission
ALABAMA, US - A newly expanded Aviagen poultry feed mill in Athens, Alabama, is producing 30 per cent more feed while consuming far less energy, reducing its carbon emissions by hundreds of tons, and cutting its annual utility expenses by more than $160,000.
Top Grandparent Award Goes to Cobb South Africa
GERMANY - More than 60 delegates from Cobb franchise distributors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa took part in a week-long technical seminar organised by Cobb Europe at Berlin, Germany.
Keen Interest from Tyson China in Haimen Seminar
CHINA - Over 150 people from Tyson Foods’ production complexes in China took part in a technical seminar organised by Cobb in Haimen.
Orka Instruments Measure Egg Quality
GLOBAL - Instruments manufactured by Orka Food Technology are gaining world market share based on their versatility, cost and reliability.
DSM's Global Premix Offering Expands
COLOMBIA & ECUADOR - DSM Nutritional Products’ global premix offering has been expanded yet further by major new investments in Colombia and Ecuador.
XVII Congress of the World Vet Poultry Association
MEXICO - From August 14th till 18th, 2011 Biomin participated in the XVII Congress of the WVPA, held in the warm city of Cancún.
Welfare & Production – Producer's Point of View
INDIA - An overview of the difficulties of balancing animal welfare with meeting the growing demand for food by Dr T. Kotaiah, a poultry geneticist with Indbro Poultry.
Pericoli Re-Introduces Direct Flame Blower/Heaters
ITALY - A great product just got better, says Termotecnica Pericoli.
AB Vista Growth Helps AB Agri to Record Profits
UK - AB Vista has again made a significant contribution to the success of parent company AB Agri Ltd, part of Associated British Foods plc (ABF). The annual results, released on 8 November, showed record operating profits for AB Agri, highlighting its importance as a key player in the global feed market.
* Global Poultry Industry News


 » Tripura Bans Poultry from Neighbouring States
 » MP Chalks Out Pig and Poultry Expansion Plans
 » Broiler Chicken Falls Ahead of Sabarimala season
 » Centre Urged to Support Poultry Sector's R&D Efforts

   United Kingdom

 » UK Dairy Event to be Re-branded as Livestock Show
 » Cambridge University Says Wake Up to Eggs!
 » Record Farm Inputs Costs: Supply Chain Strain
 » Xmas Turkey Price Gap 'Not as Big as Many Think'
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 » Nutreco Agrees to Sell Hendrix to ForFarmers
 » Driving Sustainable Growth is Nutreco's Aim for 2016

   United States

 » COOL Compliance with WTO Rules Pleases NFU
 » USDA Invests to Help Sustain Global Market Demand
 » Ag Appropriations Bill Disappoints Family Farmers
 » Wayne Farms to Cut Jobs
 » Evidence: Ban on Growth Promotion Use of Antibiotics
 » Tyson Reports Drop in Income
 » Eggs in Short Supply after Abuse Video Released
 » USDA Chicken and Eggs Report - November 2011
 » Hormel Sees Annual Profits Rise
 » CME: Inventory of Frozen Meat Down
 » Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report
 » Producers Say Too Much Corn Goes for Ethanol
 » Iowa Egg Business Sold
 » Egg Company Reviews Food Safety and Welfare


 » BIRD FLU: Wild Birds Prone to H5N1 Infection before Migration; Mizoram Lifts Poultry Import Ban
 » New China-Brazil Agreement to Boost Poultry Trade
 » Corn Growers Tapped for Asian Leadership Mission
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: Global

   European Union

 » 2015: Calls to Cut Antibiotic Use by 50 Per Cent
 » Welfare Under CAP Proposals Could be Neglected
 » Acquisition of KoroFrance by Cargill Cleared
 » EU Cracks Down on Antimicrobial Use


 » French Govt to Reduce Antibiotic Use in Five Years
 » Innovation Key for French Agriculture
 » Food Safety Body Does Not Support Return of PAP


 » Kuwait Bans Poultry and Eggs from Iran
DSM Vitamin News

 » Low Pathogenic Bird Flu Breaks Out in Taiwan


 » Value Chain Analyses of Dairy and Poultry Industries


 » Workshops Prepare Regional Staff for Disease Roles


 » Chinese Meat Production to Increase
 » US-China Trade Talks Progress


 » WTO COOL Ruling Applauded


 » Ministry Imposes Stricter Control on Antibiotic Use


 » Suspension of Export Plants Impacts Chicken Imports


 » Pork and Poultry Meat Supplies Likely to be Tight
 » DA: No Price Controls for Pork, Chicken for Now

   New Zealand

 » NZ Poultry Industries Endorse FarmsOnline


 » Two Flocks Reported with Sub-Clinical ND


 » Israel Reports Five Newcastle Disease Outbreaks
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