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Thursday 31st October 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

US Makes Progress on Foodborne Disease

A new report shows a continued decline in the prevalence of Salmonella on chicken carcasses in the US.

The prevalence of Salmonella on raw young chicken carcasses is down 34 per cent over the first quarter of 2013 and represents a decrease of over 120 per cent during the past five years.

The report, released by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS), covered testing information from 1 April to 30 June 2013. For young chicken carcasses, 2,955 samples were collected and analysed with a positive rate of only 2.6 per cent for Salmonella – a fraction of the USDA FSIS performance standard of 7.5 per cent for young chicken carcasses.

The same samples were also analysed for Campylobacter and while the percentage of positive samples remained unchanged from the first quarter of 2013, it represents a decrease of almost 50 per cent since FSIS began testing for Campylobacter on post-chill young chicken carcasses in 2011.

“Overall, the results presented in this quarterly report indicate that we continue to make improvements in the incidence rate of Salmonella and Campylobacter on young chicken carcasses,” said Dr Ashley Peterson of the National Chicken Council (NCC).

While these trends are encouraging, there is no room for complacency. The poultry processor at the centre of a recent chicken recall due to Salmonella Heidelberg has released a statement highlighting its commitment to solving the issue.

Foster Farms said in a statement: "Salmonella is a complex issue for the poultry industry, particularly because the bacteria are inherent in bird species. Foster Farms is focused on breaking the chain of Salmonella at every stage of production – from the farms where the birds live, to the plants where the chicken is processed and to the packaging area."

The company stated that the bacteria have been tested and found not to show antibiotic-resistance to commonly used drugs in human medicine, contrary to reports in some media.

In an effort to improve the safety of feed for farm animals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a new rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This regulation would help prevent foodborne illness in both animals and people and is open for public comments for 120 days.

Also on food safety but outside the US, a consortium led by Dr Arnoud van Vliet of the UK's Institute of Food Research has received a significant grant to develop new tools to understand Campylobacter coli at the molecular and genetic levels.

Food safety assurance schemes can be a success. This week - on 2 November 2013 - sees the launch of a new version of the British Lion Code of Practice, marking the 15th anniversary of the Code and the return of the ‘little Lion’ to British eggs.

The Lion scheme has effectively eradicated Salmonella in British eggs and reversed a long-term sales decline, with egg consumption now back to its highest level since before the original 'Salmonella crisis' 25 years ago, and an increase in more than £300 million in the retail market value since 1998.

In other news, the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands has officially approved Meyn's footpad inspection system for broilers in Dutch slaughterhouses.

This approval makes it possible to eliminate manual sampling, analysis and reporting of the footpad lesions per flock. Footpad lesion prevalence and severity are among the measures for assessing welfare standards on farms.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Cassava as Animal Feed in Ghana: Past, Present and Future
The use of cassava as a feed for ruminants and non-ruminants (poultry and pigs) in Ghana could reduce the high cost of feed, increase livestock production and create job opportunities, according to a new report from UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Management Issues Addressed by Poultry Vets in Chicago
Experience with automatic weigh-scales and rising incidence of pendulous crop in turkeys were among the topics covered in the Poultry Management session of the 150th Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which was held in Chicago in July 2013.

Impact of Lighting Types on Broiler Performance
A study at the University of Delaware shows that broiler performance in terms of breast and body weights was similar for two poultry-specific LED lamps and incandescent lamps and better than for CCFL.

Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in an Urban Poultry Flock
A first report describing an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes causing depression, anorexia, panting and mortality in a backyard poultry flock in Washington State, US.

Welfare Assessment on Broiler Farms: Transect Walks versus Individual Scoring
Designers of on-farm welfare assessment protocols are set to benefit from a new study from Spain, which provides new insights into constraints and advantages of different farm assessment methods for broilers.

Company News

Ovobrand Focuses on Quality Production
US - Dr Gustavo Von Bassenheim, CEO of Ovobrand, recently toured Hy-Line International facilities and engaged in discussions with Hy-Line management.
VIV Europe 2014 Will be Talking Poultry
THE NETHERLANDS - World animal agribusiness expo, VIV Europe 2014, is underlining its major focus on poultry meat and eggs in May 2014 by planning a range of technical programmes with the help of two of the avian sector’s global associations.
Visit to Big Dutchman by International Genetics Company Experts
GERMANY - Thirty product consultants from the broiler breeding company Cobb Europe recently attended a one-day intensive seminar at the Big Dutchman headquarters.
DirectAire European Curved Inlets Lower Heating Costs
EU - Double L’s DirectAire European Style Curved Inlets have a curved louvre blade that channels fresh air to the ceiling peak and speeds it to the centre of even wider poultry houses.
Meet Vencomatic Group
GLOBAL - Vencomatic Group is the new name that synergises three successful brands in the poultry sector: Vencomatic, Prinzen and Agro Supply. Together, these brands offer a full range of innovative systems for equipping modern poultry farms all over the world.
Ceva Allots Funds to Help RABI Support More Farmers
UK - Ceva Animal Health has shown its support for struggling farmers by injecting the sum of £15,427 into the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), RSABI in Scotland and National Sheep Association (NSA) in Northern Ireland. These charities are providing vital help for financially compromised farmers across the UK.
VIV Europe 2014: Back to Business
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2014 will be back to business when the world expo for poultry and livestock husbandry and processing returns in May 2014, said exhibition manager Ruwan Berculo.
Nutreco Optimises Animal Nutrition with NutriOpt
SPAIN – Nutreco, leading animal nutrition company, held a three-day event in Madrid to present their new vision on poultry nutrition. NutriOpt is their new package of tools and services to help optimise animal nutrition in an era of raw materials scarcity and price volatility. Nuria Martínez Herráez, editor for ThePoultrySite, reports.
AB Vista at Inspire Forum 2014
UK - Sponsored by AB Vista, a leading global supplier of micro-ingredients to the animal feed industry, the Inspire Forum 2014 will bring together over 70 leading academic and industry experts in NSPs and NSP enzymes for three days of technical presentations and discussion workshops.
New PERIcooler Shows Cost-effective Cooling
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli of Italy has introduces its PERIcooler with an all-new look encompassing many new and beneficial features without raising cost. The net result is even more cost-effective cooling, the company says.
Meat, Poultry Research Showcase to Feature at IPPE
US - The Meat and Poultry Research Showcase at the 2014 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta in January aims to provide cutting-edge scientific presentations about the latest developments.
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Union Calls for Government Action on Water Shortage
Centre for Sustainable Food Production Launched
New Research to Understand Campylobacter Coli
British Lion Celebrates 15 Years of Safeguarding Britain’s Health
New Professional Doctorates at Royal Veterinary College
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Avian Flu Outbreak in Australia Affects Second Layer Flock


Dutch Ministry Approves Automated Broiler Footpad Inspection System


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Corporation Warns Poultry Shop Owners
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BRF Reports Rise in Net Income
Brazilian Poultry Companies May Need to Cut Down on Production


Agri Food Opportunities Explored by Irish Trade Mission to Gulf States


Cassava Has Potential as Feed for Ghana's Poultry
Ghana Poultry Farmers Want Business from Schools Food Programme

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Commission Probes Claim of Chicken Dumping in South Africa
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Agreement Reached on Reform of Policy
EU Forms Food Waste Organisation

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