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Thursday 19th September 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Is Animal Production to Blame for the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis?

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) prioritises the most threatening 'superbugs' in human medicine in the US and outlines four core actions to halt antibiotic resistance in pathogens.

CDC says 'Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013' offers a snapshot of the complex problem of antibiotic resistance today and the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction.

The overriding purpose of the report, says CDC, is to increase awareness of the threat that antibiotic resistance poses and to encourage immediate action to address the threat.

The first section of the report provides context and an overview of antibiotic resistance in the US. It gives a nationwide assessment of the most dangerous antibiotic resistance threats, prioritising bacteria (and one fungus) into one of three categories: urgent, serious and concerning.

Other chapters cover what can be done to combat this growing threat and a summary of each of the pathogens covered by the report.

Commenting on the report, one campaign group - Food & Water Watch - took the opportunity to blame antibiotic resistance on 'factory farms', saying it should come as a wake-up call for that sector of the industry.

The Animal Health Institute (AHI), on the other hand, generally supported the findings of the report, saying that it confirms FDA’s developing policy to phase out growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics and to phase in more veterinary oversight. AHI highlighted that, of the 18 specific antibiotic-resistant threats discussed in the report, only two have possible connections to antibiotic use in food animals.

During an event in Bastos, the major egg-producing city in Brazil, the manufacturer of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and the biggest retail group in the country spoke about the growing demand for cage-free eggs.

Sales of free-range and organic eggs are growing at more than twice the rate of conventional egg sales at the largest supermarket chain in Brazil and multinational company, Unilever, has announced that all eggs used in its Hellmann’s brand of mayonnaise - the most popular brand - will be 100 per cent cage-free by 2020.

A company based in California has launched its first egg-type product - a mayonnaise without any egg ingredients. The product, based on green peas, is suitable for vegans.

Researchers at University of California Davis have developed a small light emitting diode (LED) which, when placed in a chicken coop, could be the answer to extending winter egg production and thus help improve food security in developing countries.

And finally, turning to bird flu news, FAO has issued a new warning to the international community that the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season. In Italy, a third person has been found to be infected with the H7N7 avian flu virus although the symptoms do not appear to be serious.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Asia Consumes 40 Per Cent of World's Chicken
With three of the world's four most populous countries included in Asia and growing demand for animal proteins, the region already consumes 40 per cent of global chicken production and intakes continue to grow, reports Terry Evans in his latest analysis of the poultry meat business.

Geothermal Energy - What is it and What Are the Opportunities?
An overview of geothermal systems - heat pumps - and how they might be used ito heat or cool poultry houses by Byron Stein, editor of 'The Drumstick' from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

Progress on the Control of Intestinal Parasites Discussed at AVMA Meeting
One session at the 150th convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) held in Chicago in July 2013 was devoted to progress in the control of coccidiosis and other intestinal parasites.

In Ovo for Smaller Hatcheries
In-ovo vaccination is now an option for smaller hatcheries, with a new system being made available around the world by Zoetis.

Effect of Relative Humidity during Incubation at a Set Eggshell Temperature and Brooding Temperature Post-hatch on Embryonic Mortality and Chick Quality
Incubating eggs at low relative humidity reduced hatchability but did not affect chick quality or performance during the four days after hatching, according to new research from the Netherlands.

EPA Issues New Guidelines for Water Reuse
A regulatory update by John Pierson, published in 'Poultry Tech'.

Researchers Develop New Method to Control Flies on Poultry Farms
New research at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville, Florida has investigated the use of adult flies to deliver larval fly control agents.

How Do Tunnel Inlet Doors Affect Air Velocity Distribution in Tunnel Houses?
There will always be variation in air velocity in a tunnel-ventilated broiler house, and therefore a variation in bird cooling. From the University of Georgia, Michael Czarick (Extension Engineer Extension) and Brian Fairchild (Poultry Scientist) explain what producers can do to minimise the variation.

Company News

Novus to Attend the International Egg Commission Conference
SOUTH AFRICA - Novus International will attend the 2013 International Egg Commission conference in Cape Town, an event with will brings together leading decision-makers and experts from the international egg industry.
Nutraferma Names Industry Veteran for Global Business
GLOBAL - Nutraferma has named Dr Peter K.S. Chu as Vice President for Global Business.
Biomin Receives EU Authorisation for Multi-species Probiotic
EU - Biomin has obtained the EU authorization for its innovative multi-species, host-specific probiotic as a feed additive for fattening chickens, PoultryStar.
Expansion Leads to Success in Argentina
ARGENTINA - Hy-Line International welcomed Dr Raul Buthay from Argentina earlier this month for a four-day visit to its headquarters in Des Moines. He is the General Manager of Production for Avicola Feller, Hy-Line’s Argentine distributor for over 15 years.
New Jersey Governor Visits Zoetis
US - New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has visited Zoetis as the company celebrates establishing strong roots in the state.
Healthy Water, Healthy Flock
BELGIUM - On some farms, there can still be a problem with the drinking water quality, even after a thorough cleaning of the drinking lines. In these cases the problem often lies with the quality of the water that enters the farm, says CID Lines.
Strong Support for Resurs Seminars in Russia
RUSSIA - More than 200 specialists of the Russian Resurs group - from farms in the Stavropol and Krasnodar regions and the Adigeya republic - have been involved in a series of workshops and seminars organised by Cobb Europe.
Hy-Line Customers Benefit from New Technical Services Support
LATIN AMERICA & SE ASIA - In the continuous effort to better serve customers, Hy-Line International has added locally-based resources to greatly enhance the company’s ability to provide effective technical services in the Latin American and the Southeast Asian regions.
Zoetis Declares Quarterly Dividend
US - Zoetis™ has declared its fourth-quarter 2013 dividend at $0.065 per share.
Novus to Participate in FAO-IEC Technical Seminar
ZAMBIA - Novus International will participate in a technical conference aimed at sharing knowledge and increasing egg consumption in Africa, to be held in Lusaka later this week.
Market Reports

USDA Broiler Hatchery - 18 September 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - September 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 18 September 2013
USDA Turkey Hatchery and Raised - 16 September 2013
USDA Feed Outlook - September 2013
Irish Agricultural Price Indices - July 2013
USDA WASDE - September 2013

Global Poultry Industry News


Chicken Meat Revenues up Despite Volume Drop
Brazilian Egg Shipments Plummet
New Corporate Affairs Chief at BRF
Brazil Offers Opportunities for Free-range Egg Production
JBS's Acquisition of Seara Clears Anti-trust Hurdle

   United States

Farm Bill Hindered by House Nutrition Legislation, Says Union
NFU Encouraged by EPA Proposed Rule, Agriculture Remains Exempt
Only Two Antibiotic-resistance Threats Connected to Food Animals
Chicken Production 'Picks Up Steam'
Campaign Group Blames Antibiotic Resistance on Farmers
'Unfinished Business' with Corn, Soy Production
Lightbulb Moment for Chicken Coop Students
CME: Declining Corn and Soybean Condition
Health Agency Addresses Antibiotic Resistance Issue
Agency Can Proceed with Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Plan
CME: Changes to Livestock Supply Estimates for 2013 and 2014
JBS USA Announces Debt Refinancing
Kansas Professor Weighs up Pluses, Minuses of Country Labelling
Farmers Union Supports Court's COOL Ruling
High-welfare Programme Now Covers One Billion Farm Animals
Mayonnaise - But Where Are the Eggs?
CME: Corn Yields Expected to be Lower
New Act Aims to Modernise US Meat Safety Inspection
Analyst: USDA Supply, Demand Report Bearish for Corn, Mildly Bullish for Soy
Cargill Elects New Chief Executive
Extension is Not the Answer to Stalled Farm Bill
NFU Pleased with Court’s Ruling in COOL Injuction Lawsuit


Australia Expects Record Value of Farm Production

   United Kingdom

New Project Digs into the History of Chickens' Domestication
Owen Paterson Calls for Evidence on Beak Trimming
New Veterinary Medicines Law Comes into Force on 1 October
Red Tractor Week Starts on 16 September


Meat Processors and Retailers Profit at Expense of Livestock Producers


Food Processor Cuts Growth Forecast
Bank Stands by Troubled Poultry Processor


Bird Flu Viruses Could Re-emerge in Upcoming Flu Season
BIRD FLU: Third Person Infected with H7N7 Flu Virus
Food Waste Harms Climate, Water, Land and Biodiversity


Opposition Voiced in US to Chicken Processed in China


SPACE 2013 Beats Records


EU Inspectors Recommend Changes to Argentinian Egg Processors


Some Relief Ahead for Nepal's Poultry Farmers


Malaysian Poultry Traders Oppose Wet Market Ban


Antibiotic Residues Found in Half of Chicken Sampled in Ankara

   Russian Federation

Russian Veterinary Inspection of US Turkey Plants Planned


Broiler Flock Slaughtered Due to Newcastle Disease

   Bosnia and Herzegovina

West Nile Virus Found in Sarajevo Wild Bird


Pakistan's Poultry Industry; Most Vibrant Sector

   South Africa

Registration to Close for Egg Commission Meeting


Mexico Doubles Egg Imports from US


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