In the last couple of days, it has emerged that eggs in the German state of North Rhine–Westphalia (NRW) have been found to be contaminated with dioxins. The alarm was raised when high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found in eggs from one organic farm in the state. The levels were found to be very high in two of the houses on the farm, which has 25,000 hens and sells its eggs to supermarkets. Subsequently, routine analysis has revealed elevated dioxin levels in eggs from two smallholders who sold directly to the public.
The source of the contamination is under investigation but the supposition must be the feed, now that more than one farm is affected. The fact that these were small–scale and/or organic egg producers highlights that food safety issues can occur on any farming system.
Eggs from affected farms have been withdrawn from sale and the state authorities have made it clear that the health risks from consuming these eggs would be negligible.
German pig and poultry sectors were hit by a major dioxin crisis in late 2010 and 2011, which badly impacted the industries in other EU countries and led to the bankruptcy of the feed ingredient at the source of contamination and EU-wide measures aimed at preventing a recurrence.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is expected to publish its recommendations for changes to meat inspection in poultry processing plants in June this year. This will be followed by changes to the meat inspection regulations for game animals in June 2013.
The recommendations will take a risk–based approach to inspection and will follow the review from the panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW), the panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) and the panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM).
However, there will be concerns with in the different sectors that the new inspection criteria will put added pressure and costs on the industry.
The new recommendations for poultry, beef cattle and other farmed animals will follow the opinion issued in October last year for pig meat inspection.
A prolonged drought has been identified as the main cause of a dramatic rise of feed prices in Spain, which have risen 12 per cent since January to €0.33 per kilo.
Research from the UK shows that exposure to stomach acid actually primes Campylobacter. New research at the Institute of Food Research shows that not only does Campylobacter have ways of surviving acid shock, it can also respond and adapt to the acidic environment making it better able to colonise the intestine and enter host cells there.
These characteristics highlights how well Campylobacter is adapted to infect humans and help in the search for ways to control this foodborne pathogen, which is associated with the handling or consumption of undercooked poultry meat.
Turning to bird flu news, the H5N1 highly pathogenic form of the disease has hit a commercial poultry farm in Yunnan province in southern China, and new outbreaks of disease have been reported in Nepal and Bangladesh. The low-pathogenic form of the virus was found in game birds (pheasants) in Ireland and in native chickens in Taiwan.
Nutrition Research Focuses on Cutting Feed Costs
Five sessions of the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF), held in Atlanta in conjunction with the International Poultry Expo, were devoted to the reporting of research of nutrition and feeding. With an over–arching theme of reducing feed costs, senior editor, Jackie Linden, offers an overview of some of the advances presented at the event, which ranged from better use of feed ingredients and redefining nutrient requirements to health impacts and enzyme products.
Genetic Parameters of Foot Pad Dermatitis and Body Weight in Broilers
Researchers based in Edinburgh found a genotype × environment interaction for four purebred lines in two environments in terms of the incidence of foot pad dermatitis (FPD). They did not find close genetic associations between FPD and bodyweight but they report that selection against FPD in a highly biosecure environment can improve the genetic merit for birds reared under commercial conditions.
Control of Salmonella in Poultry Nutrition
GERMANY - Salmonella ranks among the world’s biggest threats to health, reports Addcon. In the United States alone, it is thought to be responsible for around 378 deaths and an estimated 19,336 hospitalisations each year.
New and Expanded Range of EOR Circulation Fans
ITALY - With the recent introduction of the new 53” diameter propeller into the Pericoli range of EOR circulation fans the company has taken the opportunity to add 4 new models to the range.
Anpario Acquires Meriden Animal Health
UK - Anpario plc, one of the leading suppliers of natural high performance feed additives to enhance health, growth and sustainability in global agriculture and aquaculture markets, has acquired Meriden Animal Health Limited.
First Week: Getting the Best Possible Start for Chicks
AUSTRIA - The early rearing period, the brooding period, is one of the most critical stages in a young birds life be it a chicken, turkey, duck or any other commercially reared bird, writes Andrew Robertson, Poultry Technical Manager at Biomin GmbH.
Reducing Salmonella in Poultry with Feed Additives
UK - Reduction in Salmonella contamination of poultry throughout the food chain continues to be a major focus of food safety programmes, says Armin Vikari of Danisco Animal Nutrition. Feed additives such as enzymes, probiotics and essential oil compounds can be used as part of an effective biosecurity programme to reduce the risk of Salmonella infections, support good flock health and contribute to food safety.
Glo Agrilamp to Change Name to Agrilamp
GLOBAL - Glo Agrilamp has changed its name to ‘Agrilamp’, appointed new distributors in Ireland and China and increased production in the UK.
Cobb Officially Opens New Asian Office in Thailand
THAILAND - The new Cobb office for the Asian region in Bangkok, Thailand, has been officially opened by the company’s president Jerry Moye. The ceremony and dinner was attended by the whole Cobb Asia team, executives from the USA and senior managers from Thailand based companies CP Foods, GFPT, Saha Farms and Betagro.
Meyn Relocates to New State-of-the-art Facility
NETHERLANDS - As of April 1st 2012, Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. has relocated to a state-of-the-art new head quarters and manufacturing facility.
Lima Finding Strong Opportunities in Growing Economies
FRANCE - French company specialist in meat-bone separators, deboners and desinewers, Lima, is finding the growing demand for low-cost protein in developing economies is presenting strong opportunities for the company.
Pas Reform Granted Exclusive Use of Microban in Hatcheries
NETHERLANDS - Microban antibacterial technology is finding new applications in the hatchery sector, through an Agreement that gives leading Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform sole use worldwide.
Research Spotlights Technology to Improve Broiler Breeder Profitability
US - New poultry research results announced by Diamond V, at the International Poultry Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, spotlights technology that helps breeder producers improve their profitability by promoting egg production among broiler breeders, progeny performance, and processing yield.
New Cobb Research Agreement in Asia
THAILAND - Cobb, one of the world leaders in poultry breeding, and CP Foods, of Thailand, have entered a new agreement to pursue research and development opportunities in the Asian region.
Petersime Expands Sales and Marketing Team
BELGIUM - Petersime, the world leader in incubation and hatchery equipment, has appointed Rudy Verhelst to join the Sales and Marketing Department as Product Manager.
IKO Poland Chooses SmartPro Incubators from Pas Reform
POLAND - Established on the Polish poultry market since 1999, IKO Kompania Drobiarska is a forward-looking integration that has built a reputation for high quality poultry meat products, including the distribution of fresh and frozen ranges in Europe and Asia.
IVCC and Pfizer to Collaborate with CVMA
CHINA - The Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the International Veterinary Collaboration for China (IVCC), a consortium of leading veterinary medical schools in the United States and United Kingdom and Pfizer Animal Health, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding through which the CVMA will collaborate with the IVCC to advance veterinary medical education and animal health in mainland China.