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Thursday 12th July 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor








EDITORIAL: Call for Action over South African Anti-dumping Duties

US poultry groups have called on the trade representative Ron Kirk to take South Africa to the World Trade Organization over the anti-dumping duties imposed on US poultry products.

The National Chicken Council and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USPEEC) have urged the trade representative "to match Brazil’s commitment to its industry by filing a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge on behalf of US chicken exporters” against the anti-dumping duties South Africa imposed on US chicken nearly 12 years ago.

“We urge the US government to support Brazil as a third-party in its case if Brazil will agree to reciprocate and support the United States in its case,” the organisations said.

On 21 June, Brazil filed a challenge with the WTO against the anti-dumping duties South Africa imposed on Brazilian chicken. South Africa imposed anti-dumping duties on US poultry imports over two decades ago using the “same flawed theory” that it recently used against Brazilian imports, the letter explained.

Using a weighted average export price for US bone-in chicken cuts from 2000 through to the first quarter of 2012, the organisations said that the effective average duty levied by South Africa on the products is 258.8 per cent.

The US estimates that the industry could increase ite exports by 127,000 tonnes a year if the market was open.

In Europe, the European Parliament has voted for animal welfare rules to be better enforced, existing loopholes closed and offenders punished.

The MEPs said the action has to be taken because it will also protect human health, by preventing the spread of animal-related diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

The new action follows condemnation of the lax implementation of regulations from the Swedish MEP Marit Paulsen.

A new study from the European Food Safety Authority has reported that as far as food safety is concerned, there are no indications that differences exist between food products derived from healthy clones or their offspring - in particular milk and meat - from those of healthy, conventionally bred animals.

However, in its scientific statement, EFSA said that it recognises that animal health and welfare concerns continue to be associated with this technology.

EFSA’s latest statement on animal cloning, which has been produced on the request of the European Commission, agrees that no new scientific information has become available since its previous 2010 statement that would require reconsideration of the Authority’s earlier conclusions and recommendations.

The French government is considering taking further action over California's ban on the sale foie gras.

The French Department of Agriculture has called in the United States Ambassador for meeting to make him aware of the situation that has arisen following the law that came into force on 1 July in California to prohibit the sale of foie gras on animal welfare grounds.

French industry experts have called on the government to intervene, beause they claim the action is contrary to the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

"The Government will consider without waiting for the legal aspects of this decision what action to take," said the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement.

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Use of Animal-based Measures to Assess Welfare of Broilers
Animal-based measures (ABM) can be used effectively in the on-farm evaluation of broiler welfare in relation to laws, codes of practice, quality assurance schemes, management and also partly for ante-mortem inspection, according to a new report for the European Food Safety Authority.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Asia: a Key Chicken Meat Importer
Asian countries are among the key players in the import of broiler meat, writes Terry Evans in his examination of the trends in chicken trade in Asian countries. Only three countries in the region – Thailand, China and Turkey – export significant volumes of chicken meat.

More Slaughter Plants Needed for Locally Sourced Meat
Demand for locally sourced products in the US has increased in recent years, but producers often claim that a lack of slaughter facilities is a key reason that it is not expanding more quickly, writes Chris Harris.

Importance of Pre-Laying Behaviour and Nest Boxes for Laying Hen Welfare
Reviewing the scientific literature, researchers based in Australia suggest that nest boxes offer an area where hens are not disturbed before laying, for the majority of birds that choose to use nest boxes. Work they reviewed did not provide evidence that a nest box is essential for hen welfare, however.

Effective Rodent Control on the Breeder Farm and Hatchery
Advice on setting up a programme to control rate and mice from Gerd de Lange of Pas Reform.


Consistency is Vital
UK - Stuart Bird is an egg producer at C & P Bird Brothers Ltd. in north Bedfordshire. His family has been producing eggs for a wide variety of different customers, including high-street retailers, wholesalers, caterers and butchers for more than 40 years.
Aviagen European Veterinarian Meeting Focuses on Antibiotics and Microbiology
GLOBAL - Aviagen recently held its second European Veterinary Forum. This meeting included veterinarians who support the health and welfare of Aviagen stock across Europe as well as members of the internal Aviagen veterinary team.
Balanced Breeding is Vital, Aviagen Tells WPSA
UK - At a recent meeting of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) in Russia, Aviagen’s UK Breeding Programme Director, Jim McAdam, outlined some of the challenges currently facing the industry and how a balanced approach to breeding was needed to continue supplying world markets.


   Global

BIRD FLU: Spain Plans Bird Flu Vaccinations; Mexico Destroys 1M Chickens; Indonesian Girl Dies of Bird Flu
US and EU Turn Attention to Poultry Meat Inspection

   European Union

Is EU Really Getting Tough on Animal Welfare?
NFU Backs MEPs on Animal Welfare
EFSA: Food Safe from Animal Cloning
Transitional Measures in Place Ahead of CAP Reform
Growth for EU Poultry Production
Call for Animal-based Measures to Assess Broiler Welfare

   Indonesia

Indonesian Girl Dies of Bird Flu

   Australia

Choice: Advocating Expensive Free Range Eggs
Broilers Farms for 600,000 Chickens Planned
A$400m Quarantine Facility for Victoria
ACCC Targets Duck Company's Welfare Claims

   United States

Response to Discrepancies in Report about Antibioitc Use
Soybean Farmers Committed to Feeding the World Sustainably
CME: CME Host WASDE Online Discussion
Egg Yolk Loaded with Antibodies Boosts Poultry's Immunity
Call for WTO Action over South Africa Anti-dumping Duties
Meat Industry Faces Financial Disaster?
Abstracts Featured at PSA Meeting Focus on Improving Poultry Nutrition
CME: Trade Continues to Debate Drought Situation
Chickens May be Extraordinary in Fighting Cancer, says Researcher
Sharp Rise in Broiler Meat Exports to Former Soviet Union
Corn Silage Could Salvage Some Value for Drought-Damaged Crop
Scientists Question Report Linking Antibiotic Resistant Bladder Infections to Chicken
Poor Growing Conditions Affect Grain Supply and Demand

   France

Poultry Consortium Head Bids for Doux
French in Talks with US over Californian Foie Gras Ban

   India

Egg Price Cools Down on Buyer Resistance
Hatchery and Processing Plant for Mundayad
Protesters Cause Death of 700,000 Birds
Steps to Minimise Suffering in Culling Praised
Poultry Feed Products Prices Up

   Brazil

Brazil Chicken Exports Grow 3 Per Cent

   United Kingdom

Global Conference Tackles Livestock Drug Resistance
NFU Appoints New Director General

   Uganda

Uganda Losing Billions in Poultry Imports
Cheap Imports Suffocate Uganda’s Poultry Industry

   Philippines

Growers Cull Chickens Early to Improve Local Prices

   Hong Kong

More HPAI Outbreaks Reported in Hong Kong

   Russian Federation

Changes to Board at Cherkizovo

   Pakistan

Outages Raise Poultry Industry Cost
Chicken Prices Go Up Ahead of Ramadan

   Hungary

Hungary Heat Wave Could Cost Farmers Billions

   Mexico

Emergency Management System Activated to Combat Avian Influenza
Senasica Reviews Farms as Part of H7N3 Eradication

   Jordan

Trade Ministry Probing Increase in Poultry Prices
Breeders to Provide 18M Chickens in Ramadan

   China

H5N1 Outbreak Forces China to Cull 150,000 Birds
China's Farm Produce Prices Rebound

   Bangladesh

Floods Destroy Poultry Farms and Leave Thousands Food Insecure

   Malaysia

Consumers in Tawau Unhappy with Chicken Price

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