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Thursday 3rd January 2013.
Lucy Towers - ThePoultrySite Editor

Lucy Towers

Editorial: Concern over Use of Antibiotics in Food Production Rising

The Chinese agriculture authority has recently closed poultry farms in East China, which were found to be administering excessive amounts of antibiotics into their chickens to help their survival in crowded barns.

In other food safety news, researchers from the University of Bologna, Italy have found that 100 per cent carbon dioxide packaging has the potential for the maintenance of egg quality during transport, retail and domestic storage.

However, research found that temperature played a more important role in influencing the bacterial survival. In particular, the lowest microbial loads were registered at 4°C on E.coli and spoilage bacteria, whereas 37°C was the best storage temperature to avoid the psychrotropic microorganism L. monocytogenes development, regardless of the gas used.

Researchers from the Department of Food Hygiene and Food Technology at the University of León, Spain, have also discovered that decontamination treatments can increase the prevalence of resistance to antibiotics of E.coli naturally present on poultry.

In the US, the 27 December International Egg and Poultry review stated that turkey meat imports and exports are maintaining growth. Exports of turkey meat were 17 per cent higher in the 2012 January - October period than the same period in 2011.

The consumption of turkey is also continuing to grow in the country, with research from Mintel revealing that turkey, duck and other specialty birds, grew a considerable 6.5 per cent from 2011 to 2012.

In disease news, Newcastle disease is continuing to spread in Israel, with a turkey flock of 24,000 affected in Hadarom. The disease has also been reported in wild birds in the Czech Republic, sparking bird movement control within the country to prevent the spread.

New cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have also been reported in poultry in central Nepal.

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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Three Keys to Litter Moisture Control: Fresh Air, Heat and Air Movement
Proper litter management will result in better environment for the birds and ultimately better health and performance, according to Michael Czarick (Extension Engineer) and Brian Fairchild (Extension Poultry Scientist) at the University of Georgia in the series 'Poultry Housing Tips'. They explain how to control litter moisture, especially in cold weather.

Prepare Poultry Houses for Cooler Weather
It's not too late to ensure poultry houses are prepared to withstand the wrost of the winter weather. Tips from Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Wei Zhai (Assistant Extension/Research Professor) in the Poultry Science Department at Mississippi State University.

Effect of Salt Reduction on Growth of Listeria monocytogenes in Meat and Poultry Systems
Reducing sodium in pre-blends and emulsified meat and poultry products would have no effect on Listeria monocytogenes populations but replacement of sodium chloride with magnesium chloride may affect growth of aerobic populations, according to new research from Kansas State University in the US.

Influence of Feed Form and Source of Soybean Meal on Growth Performance of Broilers
A new study from Spain shows that pelleting improves the performance of broilers up to 42 days of age, and that the source of soybean meal - US, Brazil or Argentina - can also have a significant impact on growth.

Estonia: Animal Production in 2004–2010
The developments in poultry, pig, beef and milk production in Estonia over the period are outlined by Liina Jurgenson, Head of the Bureau of Animal Products at the Ministry of Agriculture in a report entitled 'Animal Breeding in Estonia 2004–2011' from Estonian Animal Breeding Association.

Company News

ILDEX: Big Success in Myanmar
MYANMAR - ILDEX Myanmar 2012 was a successful first event in Myanmar for VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific (VNUE AP).
High Pressure Circular Radiant Gas Brooders Ideal for Poultry Operations
US - A new line of energy-efficient high-pressure radiant gas brooders with a unique circular design that allows spreading of heat over a wide circular area for added fuel savings and performance is now available from Space-Ray of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Two-fold Benefits of Lower Protein Level in Broiler Production
GERMANY - Lowering the level of protein - one of the most expensive raw materials for the future - is paying off for more broiler producers across Europe, according to James Truscott, director of Cobb Germany.
Merial to Acquire Animal Health Division of Dosch Pharmaceuticals
INDIA - Merial, the Animal Health division of Sanofi, has announced that Sanofi has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the animal health division of the Indian company Dosch Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, creating a market entry for Merial in that country's strategically important and growing animal health sector.
Market Reports

USDA Chickens and Eggs - December 2012
USDA Poultry Slaughter - 24 November 2012
USDA International Egg and Poultry: United States Turkey Exports/Imports
USDA Broiler Hatchery: Broiler-Type Eggs Set Up Slightly
UK Farming Statistics - Final Crop Areas, Yields, Livestock Populations
USDA Agricultural Prices - 31 December 2012
USDA Egg Products - 31st December 2012

Global Poultry Industry News


Manitoba Farmers Encouraged to Prepare for New Environmental Rules
Canada Geese Shooting Investigated

   United Kingdom

Food Safety Programmes Contribute to Salmonella Decline
NFU Supports Abolition of Wages Board
Conference on New Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture
AHVLA Considers Disease Surveillance from 2014
Lion Has Helped Improve Public Health
Fresh Thinking on Farm Policy is 'Crucial'
Feeding Future Careers in Food, Farming
OFC - Study Shows Hidden Contribution of Agriculture


Pakistan Poultry Prices Increase by up to 40 Per Cent


Promoting Welfare through Proper Animal Nutrition
Projects Selected for Action Plan on Animal Genetic Resources
Amalina, Indian Firm Agree over Poultry Imports
Investment in Research Growing
WHO Reports 32 Cases of H5N1 in Humans This Year
CPF Launches Thai Fried Chicken in India

   United States

Hudsons, Perdue Prevail Against Environmental Extremists
USDA Issues Final Rule for Animal Disease Traceability
Amendment to Label GE Food Pre-Filed
Another Water Pollution Order Dropped
IFES 2012: Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2013
US Turkey Imports, Exports up in 2012
Turkey Products Grow Stronger Than Chicken
IFES 2012: The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain, Oilseed
CME: Highlights of 2013 Price Predictions
Farm Bill Extension 'Ineffective'
Farmers Receive Meager Share of Retail Food Dollar
Rural America Left 'Out in the Cold'


Authorities Seize 100kg of Fresh Poultry

   South Africa

No SA Action on 'Dumped' Chickens
South Africa Withdraws from Applying Tariffs on Brazilian Chicken


Application for Egg Certification Trade Mark Withdrawn
Best Practice Disposal of Spent Hens
Welfare Reforms to Cover 100 per cent of Australia's Livestock Trade
Environmental Management Key to Industry Sustainability
Butchers Sales Down For December Quarter


Low-Path Bird Flu Reported in Germany


Pigs Found Infected with Avian Flu in Southern China
KFC Supplier Found Using Excessive Additives in Feed
Chicken Raisers Involved in Antibiotics Scandals
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise

   European Union

Environmental Concerns over Zinc in Feed
Eurostat Publishes Annual Pocketbook
CAP Discussed at Latest Agriculture, Fisheries Meeting


New Rules for Killing, Slaughter of Animals


Dhofar Poultry's Rights Offer to Open


Indonesia Culls Ducks to Stop Bird Flu
Indonesia Puts a Stop on Australian Poultry


Carcass Decontamination Treatments Can Increase Antibiotic Resistance


Bologna Study Examines Modified-Atmosphere Packaging of Eggs


Newcastle Disease Strikes Another Turkey Flock


New H5N1 Outbreak Reported in Central Nepal
BIRD FLU: Bird Flu Detected in Two Nepal Regions


India Broiler Units Facing Closure
Steady Input Costs Keep Poultry Feed Flat

   Czech Republic

Newcastle Disease Spreads in Czech Republic


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