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Thursday 27th March 2014.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Ensuring Poultry Meat is Safe to Eat

Changes to the poultry meat inspection system in Europe are expected to come into force later this year.

The changes will see a less invasive inspection of the poultry carcasses as they pass along the line and the introduction of a more risk-based system.

The new measures for meat inspection follow scientific studies by the European Food Safety Authority that were completed last year and cover all livestock slaughtered for the human food chain. New inspection measures were introduced for pig meat last year.

Speaking at a recent conference staged by the English Beef and Lamb executive on meat processing, Javier Dominguez, the veterinary director and head of foodborne disease control at the UK’s Food Standards Agency said that with the traditional inspection methods, there is an increased likelihood of cross contamination of carcasses because of the amount they are touched by the inspectors.

He added that many of the public health problems are microbiological problems with pathogens such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and VTEC – E. coli. These microbiological problems cannot be seen and only a few hazards can be found through meat inspection.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an update on the proposed rules under its Food Safety Modernization Act, allowing more time for comment on two areas of the Act - but not on the part on animal feeds.

The federal government in Canada is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat-processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the regulatory change would give it another enforcement tool to help protect consumers. Meat industry representatives and at least one food safety expert are said to be sceptical about the development.

More than half of respondents in a recent poll in Guangzhou in Guangdong province, China, support centralised slaughter of chickens and a ban on the live chicken trade in wet markets.

The city government prepares to trial centralised chicken slaughtering in the region where the H7N9 avian influenza virus has been found at markets and on a farm.

And finally, turning to news of bird flu, Vietnamese and Cambodian authorities are in discussion over the control of the H5N1 virus after outbreaks in poultry have been reported in both countries lately. The infection has been confirmed in two Egyptians in the last week - the first cases for 11 months. Another three Chinese patients have been reported infected by the H7N9 virus, and a new study suggests northern Viet Nam is the next high-risk area for this virus. In Mexico, the H7N3 virus has been found in exotic birds imported from South America.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Composting Layer Hens – Does It Smell?
Eugene McGahan from FSA Consulting recently completed a project, titled 'Odour Measurement and Impact from Spent Hen Composting', funded by the Poultry CRC.

Effects of DDGS and Mineral Sources on Gaseous Emissions
A new US study reveals that feeding a diet containing 20 per cent Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to hens may be beneficial for the environment by reducing emissions. Substitution with organic trace minerals did not impact the parameters measured.

Utilisation of Light Egg-type Males: Proposal for the Sustainability of the Egg Industry
Researchers in Brazil have successfully reared male chicks of brown and white Leghorn layer lines, testing four levels of dietary energy for each line. Neither mortality nor cannibalism were observed in this study.

Irradiation of Shell Egg on the Physicochemical and Functional Properties of Liquid Egg White
Low-dose irradiation (2.5kGy) of shell egg would be beneficial for the egg processing sector and the safety of food products that use liquid egg white could be improved, according to Byungrok Min, Ki Chang Nam, Cheorun Jo and Dong U. Ahn of Iowa State University. Their report is included in the University's Animal Industry Report 2014.

Poultry Processing: Measuring True Water Use
Brian Kiepper (Poultry Science and Biological & Agricultural Engineering Departments, and Engineering Outreach Service, University of Georgia) explains why water use in poultry processing facilities is better calculated in terms of gallons used per 1,000 pounds of poultry meat handled.

Company News

Aviagen Veterinarian Presents at NPIP Workshop
US - The 2014 National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Salmonella Diagnostic Workshop was held at the University of Georgia, Poultry Diagnostic Research Center (PDRC) on 4-7 March. The workshop provided training on conducting the Salmonella test procedures required to meet the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) classifications relating to flock status.
Petersime, Proline Group Extend Agreement to Include Viet Nam
VIET NAM - During the IPPE show in Atlanta earlier this year, Petersime and the Proline Group signed a distributor agreement for Viet Nam.
ACOLID Launches Indian River Breed to Jordanian Market
JORDAN - ACOLID, supported by Aviagen®, recently launched the Indian River® brand to poultry producers in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as well as the Republics of Iraq and Yemen.
Huvepharma Agrees to Acquire Viridus Animal Health, LLC
US - Huvepharma, Inc. has announced an agreement to acquire Viridus Animal Health, LLC, (a subsidiary of Novus International, Inc.) which manufactures and sells ADVENT® Coccidiosis Vaccine. Huvepharma expects the transaction to close in early April 2014.
MSD Receives Marketing Authorisation for PANACUR AquaSol for Chickens
EU - MSD Animal Health has announced that, following a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP), the European Commission has granted the marketing authorization for the veterinary medicinal product PANACUR® AquaSol (fenbendazole 200 mg/mL) for use in chickens.
GC1140 Fully Insulated 360-degree Gravity Inlet
US - The GC1140 Attic Vent from Double L Group has been redesigned.
Tomas Perez, Novogen's Technical and Commerical Representative for the Andea Pact
SOUTH AMERICA - Novogen has appointed Tomás Pérez as Technical and Commercial Representative for the Andean Pact.
CIC Feeds Targets Efficient Growth with SmartPro Incubation
SRI LANKA - CIC Feeds (Pvt) Ltd. has selected the latest SmartSetPro setters and SmartHatchPro hatchers, together with a full suite of ventilation, climate control and hatchery automation systems, from Pas Reform to fast-track plans for further expansion.
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Global Poultry Industry News


Fall in Prices of Chinese Agro-foodstuff
Support to Centralise Chicken Slaughter in Guangdong
More Positive Bird Flu Virus Tests in Guangdong
Brazilian Chicken Finds Growing Roost in China

   United Kingdom

British Lion Eggs Blogger Campaign
Night at the Vet College Sets Chickens as Main Theme
Could Horse Meat Scandal Happen Again?
UK Vet Association Calls for Sick Animals to be Treated
Parliament Urged to Be Growth Facilitator for UK Poultry Industry
How Can Science and Farming Live Together?
Poultry Welfare and Value Fit Together, Say UK Market Analysts
2 Sisters Contract Win Brings Jobs Boost

   United States

Sustainability to be Under Discussion at Summit
Farmers Union Pleased with Proposed Clean Water Act Rule
Pig Disease to Cause Shortfall; Other Meats to Fill Demand Gap
US Poultry Industry Not Worried over Ukrainian Crisis
NFU Outlines Funding Priorities for 2015
USDA Researchers Improve Newcastle Disease Classification System
Consumer and Commercial Food Sectors Hit ConAgra Results
Mississippi Poultry Factory Workers Rally
Organic Sector Continues to Grow
FDA Allows More Time to Comment on Food Safety Modernisation Act
Enzyme Complex Helps Hens Retain More Nutrients


Prices of Poultry Feed in India Remain Unchanged

   European Union

EFSA Assesses Safety, Efficacy to Reduce Pathogens on Poultry Carcasses
Co-resistance to Critically Important Antimicrobials Remains Low
EU Council Addresses Organic Production, Meat Labelling
How Will Changes in EU Meat Inspection Work?

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group Acquires Lisko Broiler


Breeding Poultry with Improved Natural Resistance


Registration Opens for 2014 Mediterranean Poultry Summit


Canadian Govt Wants Power to Fine Meat Plants for Food Safety Issues
Maple Leaf Foods to Receive C$5 Million for Investment


Poultry Prices to Drop Gradually, Says Poultry Association Chairman


JBS Witnesses Growth in Sales, Earnings


Low-path Avian Flu Virus Detected in Imported Birds in Mexico

   Viet Nam

Viet Nam Held Livestock Expo
New Outbreak of H5N1 in Vietnamese Poultry


BIRD FLU: Vietnamese, Cambodian Officials in Discussion; New H5N1 Cases in Egypt; H7N9 Virus in Guangdong
Good Feed Practice Manual Launched in Spanish
New Opportunities in East Africa for NGOs
World Water Day: Agriculture, Water Inextricably Interlinked


Zambian Poultry Event Announces Venue Change


More Effort Than Ever to Go into Poultry Extension
Academic Apple Tree: Professor David Farrell's Contribution to Poultry Science


Another H5N1 Avian Flu Outbreak in South Cambodia

   Congo, Democratic Republic

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