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This week we start in Asia again, where public health ministers and officials from 13 Asian countries have been conferring in Bangkok on how to prevent the spread of H5N1 avian influenza. The experts offered troubling predictions.
     The highly lethal H5N1 strain, which has claimed tens of millions of poultry across eastern Asia this year, is the world's likeliest candidate to cause global devastation in the form of a human flu pandemic. While acknowledging that all estimates are essentially guesses, WHO experts have predicted that a pandemic could kill anywhere from 2 million to 100 million people.

In China, more than 210 tons of frozen chicken products from bird flu-hit areas of the US were destroyed in Guangzhou last Wednesday, says China Daily. The products mainly included chickens' feet, legs and wings.
     An official from the Anti-Smuggling Office of Panyu District government, the frozen chicken products were produced in bird flu-affected areas of the US between 2002 and early this year, the paper states.

In Hong Kong, domesticated ducks may be the main transmitters of the H5N1 bird flu virus that killed 32 people in two major outbreaks in Asia earlier this year, reports the Borneo Bulletin. Studies suggest the most devastating outbreaks occurred where duck populations were highest, said WHO director for the Western Pacific Shigeru Omi.

Malaysia hopes to declare the country free of the bird flu virus by the end of the year, a minister said last Friday.
     "We hope within this month, if there is no new outbreaks, we will make an announcement," Agriculture Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said. But Muhyiddin said Kuala Lumpur would not rush to declare the country free of the deadly virus and veterinary officials had been ordered to conduct more frequent tests and maintain stringent surveillance.

In Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisang denied that Thailand had requested that European countries willing to sell aircraft to Thailand eased their import regulations on Thai chicken and agricultural produce. Mr. Chaturon said that the reports had arisen from a misunderstanding of Thailand's need to get rid of massive chicken stockpiles in the wake of the avian flu pandemic.

The Thai government says its system of local measures has successfully prevented the bird flu virus from mutating into a more deadly strain, according to the chief of the national bird flu operational centre, Dr Charal Trinvuthipong.
     Thailand has drawn up a national plan to wipe out the disease in the country and is closely cooperating with neighbouring countries in exchanging information, Dr. Charal said.

In America, a USDA food safety and inspection service report suggests that an interim final rule designed to reduce the incidence of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products is working. "Under the Listeria rule, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are safer and public health is being better protected," said agriculture under secretary for food safety Dr Elsa Murano.

Poultry industry officials say a surge in product sales to Cuba could be halted by the Bush administration's attempt to reinterpret a 2000 trade law covering payment for the shipments. U.S. poultry sales to Cuba more than doubled to $61 million in the past year, according to Richard Lobb, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council.
     Lobb said sales could be jeopardized because the reinterpretation of the law -- if adopted -- requires Cuba to deposit money for the purchases in U.S. banks before shipments leave port for Havana.

A turkey dinner has become the quintessential symbol of the holiday season, and for most Americans, that turkey is a familiar Broadbreasted White, reports However, a growing number of people are taking their turkey tradition back a few centuries by serving a heritage breed instead. Bourbon Red, Narragansett and American Bronze are a few varieties of heritage turkeys gaining popularity in the United States. Those breeds' genetic lines in some cases extend back to the 1700s.

Large feedlots soon will have to prove to state officials that their operations do not cause water pollution. The new regulations were mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency partly because of the growing number of concentrated farming operations. The new regulations will be similar to those already in effect for many dairy operations but would include for the first time cattle feedlots, pig and poultry producers along with others.

Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare wants to vaccinate on mass against Avian Influenza, the so called bird flu, after warnings from the WHO, Swedish TV 4 reported last Tuesday. WHO has warned that millions of people could die when the bird flu mutates to a form that can spread between humans.

In France, a 69-year-old man has been hospitalised in the North East with suspected bird flu, health officials said Thursday. The man, who has not been named, had recently returned from a trip to Vietnam, they said. "We are applying the principle of precaution because the patient had come back from Vietnam and showed symptoms that suggested bird flu," said a doctor at the main hospital in Nancy.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this regular newsletter section we aim to provide a brief overview of the new Feature articles that have been added to the site over the past week.

We have 3 new features this week

Odor and Air Emissions From Poultry Facilities
By G.T. Tabler, Applied Broiler Research Unit Manager at the University of Arkansas's Avian Advice - In Arkansas, production agriculture is a $4 billion annual industry, three-fourths of which comes from livestock, mainly poultry (EPA, 1998). Modern production agriculture is increasingly regarded as a major source of air pollutants. The trend toward larger and more concentrated animal production coupled with the general public’s increasing intolerance of odors mandates the control of odors, gases, and dust.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - November 2004
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

Unintended Consequences of Confined Animal Facilities
By the Californian Senate Office of Research - Confined animal facilities, sometimes called factory farms, apply industrial production methods (concentrated production, large capitalization and mechanization – all housed in a factory-like facility) to the raising of animals for human consumption. While this method of intense production farming has produced certain economic benefits – cheaper and more plentiful products – it has also produced unintended consequences.

That's all for this week.

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