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We start this week in China where scientists have developed a bird flu vaccine for poultry and mammals that can fend off the deadly virus and help stop its spread, reports CNN. The Health Ministry said the new vaccine could "cut a key link in the transmission chain," the paper reported.
     The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed at least 45 people in Asia in the last year, including 13 in Vietnam in the past month, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has urged "all possible measures" to prevent the emergence of the disease in China.

In Thailand, more than 1,000 chickens have been found with bird flu-like symptoms following the launch a few days ago of a nationwide inspection programme. Dr Nirundorn Aungtragoolsuk said the sick fowls were both layer and home-raised chickens. Provincial officials had culled the birds before sending tissues to the lab to be tested for the virus, Dr Nirundorn said, adding the lab results are expected in four to eight days. "They had nerve problems and some died. So the officials culled them as instructed," he said.

In Malaysia, chicken prices have risen to the government-set ceiling of RM6 per kilo as the Chinese New Year nears. Selangor and Federal Territory Poultry Traders Association adviser Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng attributed this to the rise in demand and poultry farmers and wholesalers trying to recover losses experienced during the bird flu outbreak. "It is simply a case of supply and demand. If there is no demand, then we can’t raise the price anyway," he said. Dr Lee said during the bird flu outbreak, the industry lost about RM50 million per month.

In Cambodia, Bird flu has been found in chickens near the capital, officials said Sunday, raising fears about the spread of the deadly virus in a country with little to no health system. The H5N1 virus strain was detected in dead chickens at a small poultry farm in the province of Kandal, just south of Phnom Penh. "People are now aware of the virus and when they suspected a case they reported it to us. The bird flu has hit our country again," said Agriculture Ministry official San Vanty.

In South Korea, pork imports rose sharply last year, while those of beef and chicken declined, the Korea Customs Service said Friday. The sharp increase in pork imports was attributed to people's aversion to beef and chicken product because of fears which swept the nation in the first half of last year over mad cow disease and avian flu.

In the US, after the economically devastating avian flu outbreak in the Delmarva region last year, poultry producers asked lawmakers Friday for legislation to conceal the identity of infected farms, saying they want to avoid panicked embargos by overseas purchasers. However secrecy would also limit the ability of non-government officials to monitor disease spread, potentially placing human populations at risk.

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Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Plant Control is lifting a temporary ban on import of poultry from Brazil, the Russian agricultural supervisory body told ITAR-TASS. "The ban on poultry imports has been removed with the exception of two Brazilian states, Amazonas and Para, where it is still in place," a source at the supervisory body said.

The Indian government plans to come out with a policy on poultry development soon in its attempt to diversify the agriculture sector. The Agriculture minister released the poultry feed standards on the occasion which would act as a model law for the states to frame guidelines. She said the poultry feed standards outline the specifications for commercial and breeder broilers, layers and other avian species. With 440 million birds, India ranks within the top five countries in egg production and within the top ten countries in boiler production.

In the Ukraine in 2005, poultry breeding industry grain consumption will increase by 100,000 tons due to a forecast increase in the production of poultry meat, reports eFeedLink. According to the "Poultry Breeders Union of Ukraine" association, the industry had used 1.5 million tons of compound feeds last year. In 2005 the usage of feeds is seen to reach 1.64 million tons. As the compound feeds contain 70 percent of forage grain, the consumption of the latter will increase from 1.05 million tons in 2004 to 1.15 million tons this year. Agrarian Policy Ministry forecasts a 40-percent increase in production of poultry meet in 2005.

Britain's best-known turkey producer has reported a bumper 2003 turnover of £436m, according to FWi. Accounts filed at Companies House showed profits at Bernard Matthews climbed to £47.2m, up nearly 10% on the year before. Although UK turkey production and its associated food products still dominate group sales, an increasing slice of revenue came from overseas interests.

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* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 highlighted features this week.

The use of vaccines for the control of Salmonella in poultry
By the European Food Safety Authority - This article provides the summary and a link to a paper by the EFSA Journal on the Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards on the requests from the European Commission related to the use of vaccines for the control of Salmonella in poultry.

China's Poultry and Products Semi-Annual Overview - February 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2005 report for China. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

Thailand Poultry and Products Semi-Annual Overview - February 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2005 report for Thailand. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

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