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Thursday 3rd April 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Food Safety Issues in the News in the Netherlands, United States

A report from the Dutch Food Safety Board says that both the public and private enterprises in the meat sector must take action to improve food safety in the Netherlands.

In particular, the safety board says, the private sector needs to change its working practices.

However, it says that because the private sector lacks the self-regulating capacity and desire to organise itself, the board has called on the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and the Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport to intervene.

Also on food safety issues affecting the poultry industry, US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack has defended the overhaul of the poultry inspection system in the United States.

Mr Vilsack did so in a hearing last week, saying: "We can not only save money, but more important, save lives."

He added that critics do not fully understand the new inspection system, and stressed that, under the new system, microbiological safety will be the focus, not cosmetic issues.

Maintaining the confidence of consumers and producers and making it easier for farmers to switch to organic production are the main objectives of a new EU Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products.

The aim is that organic farming remains close to its principles and objectives so that public demands in terms of environment and quality are met.

The Turkey Science and Production Conference was held near Chester in the UK at the end of last week. The first day covered a range of topics focusing mainly on the health and welfare of turkeys. The main theme on the second day was nutrition, with a further two presentations on sustainability.

Compound feed production in the European Union in 2013 is estimated at just under 154 million tonnes, a slight fall from the previous year. A further reduction is forecast for 2014 in a challenging environment for the feed and meat sectors. Poultry feed output last year bucked the trend, however, with a small increase of 0.6 per cent over 2012.

Finally, turning to bird flu news, the World Health Organization reports that, from 2003 to 24 March 2014, 664 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection have been officially reported to WHO from 15 countries. Of these cases, 391 have died. In the previous month, there have been six new confirmed human cases, four in Cambodia and two in Egypt.

Laos has reported its first outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 flu in poultry for more than five years, and Cambodia's Prime Minister has called for more action to tackle the situation in his country.

Eleven new human cases of H7N9 flu have been reported in China in the last week.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013 - Hen Egg Production in Africa and Oceania
Africa offers great potential for increased egg production, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans, while just two countries dominate the market in Oceania.

Aiming to Give Broilers and Turkeys the Best Start in Life
The growing period for broilers is short so it makes economic and managerial sense to give the chicks the very best start in life, writes Jackie Linden. A selection of the papers presented at the International Poultry Scientific Forum offers an impression of the range of the latest research into breeder, hatchery and brooding management.

The Seven Basics of Better Brooding
There is no single key to successful brooding, according to Jess Campbell, Dennis Brothers, James Donald and Gene Simpson of the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University College of Agriculture. All it takes is paying proper attention to the seven brooding basics, they say.

Managing Manure from the Backyard Flock
Advice from Mississippi State University on manure management for small poultry flock-owners.

Studies Demonstrate Benefits of Dual-needle in-ovo Vaccination for Marek’s Disease
In a new study, broiler chickens vaccinated in ovo with a dual-needle delivery system were better protected from Marek’s disease than those receiving the same vaccine with a conventional single-needle system, according to Dr Taylor Barbosa of Zoetis.

Effects of Temperature and Carbon Dioxide During the Hatching Phase
A new Dutch study has examined the effects of carbon dioxide and eggshell temperature around hatching, both independently and in combination, on chick development.

Researchers Demonstrate Potential Routes of Transmission of Salmonella and Campylobacter in Turkeys
Salmonella and Campylobacter could be transmitted by insect pests, rodents and contaminated semen, research at North Carolina State University has shown. Sanitising eggs reduced Salmonella counts on eggshells but a probiotic fed to turkey breeders and meat birds did not cut levels of either pathogen.

Company News

Demonstrating Halamid Effectiveness with Dipslides
GLOBAL - Axcentive is suggesting to all Halamid-authorised distributors the use of dip slides which give a simple test on the presence of micro-organisms before and after disinfection.
Delivering Multiple Benefits in Broiler Breeders
GLOBAL - Through time, with market demands evolving rapidly, the number of breeding goal traits has greatly increased, covering not only broiler and breeder production traits, but also welfare, liveability and health of the bird, with robustness across contrasting environments a key objective, according to Aviagen.
Rainbow Rooster Birds in South India
INDIA - Rainbow Rooster, a dual-purpose, multi-coloured, low-input bird from Indbro Research & Breeding Farms is gaining popularity in southern states of India.
Butyrate Offers Multiple Benefits in Poultry
US - Research has shown that Diamond V Original XPC provides prebiotic-like activity in a laboratory model of poultry digestion (Intestinal Activity Modifier Model or IAMM), including enhanced butyrate production.
No Need to Put Your Birds in a Blanket
ITALY - Termotecnica Pericoli has recently released new agriTERM with models from 10kW to 100kW, designed to suit your specific requirements.
ORKA Participated in Midwest Poultry Federation Convention
US - ORKA Food Technology participated in Midwest Poultry Federation Convention at St. Paul, Minnesota on 19 and 20 March 2014.
Aviagen Hatches Star Students in the Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - The latest session of the Aviagen® Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Production Management School has just completed in the Netherlands with optimising hatchery performance being the focus of this most recent module.
Novus Board Names Fraudeau CEO
US - Novus International, Inc., this week announced that its Board of Directors has appointed François Fraudeau as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately.
Randox Expands Poultry Meat Screening Range with Tetracyclines ELISA
UK - Randox Food Diagnostics has expanded its product range for one of the world’s key antibiotics, tetracyclines.
Cobb South Africa Technical Seminar Hailed ‘Huge Success’
SOUTH AFRICA - Technical support for customers has helped the Cobb500 to establish a leading position in the South African market, Pieter Oosthuysen, regional technical manager for Cobb, told the company’s latest seminar in Rustenburg in the North West Province.
Improved Health, Higher Liveability of Broilers
THE NETHERLANDS - We all know that raising broilers in unhygienic circumstances causes illness, says Jansen Poultry Equipment.
Biomin a Success at IPPE 2014
US - Biomin's participated at the the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) with a booth and the company sponsored a technical seminar on tackling broiler lameness.
Looking Ahead: Product Trends for VIV Europe
THE NETHERLANDS - Companies that will be exhibiting at VIV Europe 2014 have been describing the products and systems that they will unveil at the animal protein agribusiness show taking place in Utrecht from 20 to 22 May.
GAP Resource Company Finds Ross Tailor-made Fit
RUSSIA - The success of the Ross® 308 parent stock in Russia has led to the creation of a club to celebrate the bird’s performance at breeder level.
Poultry Industry Urged to Get The Message to Consumers
US - The poultry industry needs to 'get on the same message' when talking about judicious antibiotic usage and other production topics, says Bryan Reber, PhD. The professor of public relations at the University of Georgia who specialises in message framing and crisis communications was talking to Zoetis.
Integrated Approach for Maximum Egg Production
THE NETHERLANDS - Jansen Poultry Equipment offers an integrated approach for the production of cage-free consumption eggs. This approach aims to create extra value by achieving maximum production in the most efficient way.
Market Reports

USDA Broiler Hatchery - 2 March 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 2 April 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry: EU-28 Poultry
China Wholesale Prices - 1 April 2014
USDA Egg Products - 31 March 2014
Dairy Australia - Hay and Grain Prices - Week Ending 28 March 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 31 March 2014
USDA Agricultural Prices - 28 March 2014

Global Poultry Industry News


BIRD FLU: Two More Human H7N9 Cases in China
Astika Acquires Nantong Poultry Company
KFC Takes New Approach in China

   European Union

Parliament Supports Common Framework for Whole Food Chain
Compound Feed Production Down Marginally in EU
Have Your Say on the EU Common Agricultural Policy
New Plans for European Organic Farming


Sharp Rise in FAO Food Price Index for Second Consecutive Month
International Egg Foundation Launched to Help Combat Malnutrition
Global Feed Enzyme Market Worth US$1Billion
Beer Marinade Could Reduce Levels of Harmful Substances in Grilled Meats
Kendall New President of World Farmers Organisation
Grain Prices Stabilising; Poultry Margins Strong But Tightening
Poultry Industry Groups Lose Latest COOL Appeal
Africa’s Youth Key to Strengthening Agricultural Economy

   United Kingdom

Meeting Tackles International Turkey Issues
Feeding, Environment Focus to Day 2 of Turkey Conference
Scottish Researchers Look at Nutrition of Rapeseed for Pigs and Poultry
Health Benefits of Eggs Underlined at Food Forum
Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Unrelated to Farm Animal Use
British Poultry Meat Sector is £6 Billion Industry
£4-Million Investment for UK Food Production Innovation
Water Abstraction Proposals Throw up a Mixed Bag for Farming


Study on Feed Intake by Ducks: Males Eat Faster


Poultry, Livestock Import Policy to be Enforced in Ghana

   United States

Alabama Poultry Deboning Operation to Close
Chick-fil-A Becomes Top US Chicken Chain
USDA Set to Allow Unlimited Poultry Processing
Proactivity Can Increase Mill Efficiency for Long-term
USDA Estimates Fairly Close to Expectations
Tactic for Pasteurising Raw Eggs Kills Salmonella, Egg Quality Unharmed
Nevada-based Company Announces Large Scale Poultry Production Facility
Cal-Maine Reports Rise in Net Sales
US Poultry Inspection to Focus on Microbiological Issues
Welfare Group Clashes with California over Battery Egg Law
Triea Systems Debuts Alternative Heating System for Poultry


Business Analysis, Egg Processing Discussions Drew IEC Event to Close
Straight to Business During IEC Lecture, Customer Focus Session
Successful Start to Egg Commission's 50th Anniversary Meeting


EU Poultry Meat Sales Help Boost MHP's Results


HKScan Pledges Use of Responsibly Produced Soybean


Victorian Egg Farm Recovers from Salmonella Problem
Ban on Egg Company at Centre of Salmonella
Outbreak Lifted

Avian Scientist Helped Build World's Largest Poultry Industry


WFO General Assembly Attended by US Farmers Union Leaders


New Irish Retailer Regulations to be Tested by Fairer Producer Returns

   The Netherlands

Dutch Food Safety Board Urges Tighter Food Safety Standards


Kenyan Chicken Campaign Makes Way to Top Position


First H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak for Five Years in Laos

   South Africa

Astral Buys Abattoir, Poultry Assets in Liquidation Auctions


Price of Chicken up 19 Per Cent in Nepal


Chicken in Pahang, Pomfret in Penang Sold Cheaply


Five New Outbreaks of Newcastle Disease in Israel


Plant Blaze Fails to Dampen Poultry Output

   Dominican Republic

Chicken and Eggs to Be Shipped to Haiti in a Month

   South Korea

South Korean Chicken Imports Approved by USDA

   Viet Nam

Deputy PM Inspects Bird Flu Prevention Measures


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