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Thursday 11th September 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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Global Food Firms Take Action on Animal Welfare

No longer are the ethical aspects of food production receiving just a small mention hidden at the end of a company's sustainability report.

Major meat and food processing companies around the world have started to take action on animal welfare issues.

Two leading international food processors – Nestlé and Unilever – have laid out welfare codes of practice for their supply chain.

For Nestlé, the guidelines were drawn up based on the 'Five Freedoms', while Unilever has moved to end the culling of day-old male chicks by its egg supply chain.

These commitments to improving animal welfare indicate not only that global multinationals are starting to appreciate the connection between animal welfare, health and food quality but they are also now taking action to meet their customers' demands.

Both companies in drawing up their welfare guidelines have drawn on the expertise from several animal welfare groups – once considered to be the bane of the meat processor.

Global food processing giant, Heinz, has also announced it is to strengthen animal welfare practices in its supply chain.

The new policies, part of the company’s sustainable procurement policy, sees Heinz working with suppliers worldwide to reduce the use of battery cages for laying hens.

In Australia, Canberra has become the first jurisdiction in the country where Woolworths will no longer sell battery eggs.

Well over 100 delegates were present to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Poultry Science Symposium in the UK city of Chester this week. The conference examined all aspects of the sustainability of the European poultry meat and egg industries.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Asia: Biggest Exporter of Processed Chicken
Asia is the region that exports the most processed chicken products, according to poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Poultry Mortality Disposal: Methods Following Catastrophic Loss
Preparing for a crisis is important to lessen the stress and confusion that can accompany disaster recovery. Dr Casey W. Ritz of the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science explains the options for the disposal of dead and culled poultry.

Attention to Brooding Can Help Get You to the Top of the Grower Pool
For thriving chicks and a uniform flock, attention needs to be paid to details of house conditions, biosecurity and feeding via careful monitoring, according to poultry veterinarian, Richard Jackson writing in 'The Drumstick' from the New South Wales Department for Primary Industries, Australia.

Potential Contract Growers Face Important Decisions
Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor), all at the Poultry Science Department at Mississippi State University, explain the important items to consider when deciding on contract broiler production as a farming enterprise.

Effect of Monochromatic LED Light on Reproductive Traits of Laying Hens
New research from China suggests that light colour can affect egg production as well as egg weight, shape, composition, fertility and hatchability.

Company News

Jansen Poultry Equipment Nominated as Top 10 Supplier
NETHERLANDS - Jansen Poultry Equipment has been nominated by Aeternus Corporate Finance as top supplier in the Agro & Food sector.
Aviagen Welcomes Egyptian Distributors to Vet Laboratory
SCOTLAND, UK - Aviagen® shared modern veterinary laboratory knowledge and cutting edge techniques with its Ross® Grandparent distributors, Wadi Group, recently as part of a three-day training event at its veterinary laboratory in Scotland.
New Director of Sales, Technical Service for Cobb Europe
EU - Tore Mercan has been appointed by Cobb Europe as director of sales and technical service for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Successful First Hatch at New Turkey Hatchery Galli Gallo
ROMANIA - Eighty-six per cent hatch of set – that’s the promising result of the very first hatch at Galli Gallo’s brand new turkey hatchery, according to Petersime.
Chu Nominated as Member of Ceva Executive Committee
FRANCE - Ceva Santé Animale has appointed Dr Steve Chu to its executive committee with responsibility for all R&D activities.
Market Reports

China Wholesale Prices - 11 September 2014
USDA Broiler Hatchery - 10 September 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 10 September 2014
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Saudi Arabia
China Wholesale Prices - 9 September 2014
USDA GAIN: Argentina Poultry and Products Annual 2014
USDA GAIN: Thailand Poultry and Products Annual 2014
USDA GAIN: Ukraine Poultry and Products Annual 2014
USDA GAIN: Japan Poultry and Products Annual 2014
China Wholesale Prices - 5 September 2014

Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

Will Scotland's Independence Vote Impact Agriculture?
Freedom Food to Rebrand as 'RSPCA Assured'
Poultry Sustainability Meeting Explores Roles of People, Nutrition and Breeding
Scottish Chicken Shortfall on Supermarket Shelves
Member States Embrace Welfare NGOs; Working to Develop Egg Industry
UK Feed Prices on the Way Up Again?
First Egg Nutrition Consortium Symposium to be Held in Edinburgh
Conference Examines Sustainability of the European Poultry Industry
Agency Confirms Results for Campylobacter Survey
UK's Happy Hens Thrive under One Million Trees
Eggs Recommended for Older Ages
British Poultry Council Welcomes Elliott Review Findings
Work with Your Vet to Prevent Common Problems, Urge UK Vets
Poultry Industry Firmly Responds to Newspaper Article


Heinz Strengthens Animal Welfare Policies
Summit to Celebrate for Major UK Egg Supplier
FAO Food Price Index Drops to Four-year Low
How Can Companies Improve Animal Welfare?
Skov A/S Becomes IPC’s Newest Associate Member
Progress on Buyback Programme Nutreco Shares
What Are Climate Change's Implications for Agriculture?
Unilever to End Culling of Day Old Chicks in Egg Supply Chain


FAO Praises India's Agricultural Achievements


Govt Urged to Act on 'Unjustifiable' Prices of Pork, Chicken

   United States

Scientists Named to Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame
Mapping Tool for 'Waters of the US' Released
New Resources on Current, Future Antibiotic Use in Poultry Industry
Beware of Trojan Horse Labelled COOL ‘Reform’
CME: US Consumer-level Meat, Poultry Demand Strong in July
H7N3 Outbreaks Undergoing Comprehensive Investigation
Tyson Foods Reports Progress Following Hillshire Merger
North Carolina Electricity Producers Generating Energy from Poultry Waste
Council Welcomes National Chicken Month, Food Safety Education Month


Argentinian Broiler Production Projected to Increase


Standard Chartered Invests $35 Million in Jordanian Poultry Firm


Iceland's Slaughterhouses Need to Improve Animal Welfare


High Beef, Pork Prices Provide Competitive Edge to Broiler Meat


Thai Integrated Poultry Producers Expanding Facilities


Ukrainian Poultry Production Expected to Rise in 2014


Egg Producers Reject Government's Free-range Logo Designs
Woolworths Removes Caged Eggs from ACT Stores

   Palestinian Territory

Gaza Poultry Farming Industry Suffers $10-Million Loss


One in Four Dutch Egg Farmers Face Financial Loss


China Reports Rise in Food Prices


Israelis Face Chicken Shortage Ahead of High Holy Days


Poultry Waste Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Poultry Farmers Get Certified

   European Union

Commission Outlines Aid for Sectors Affected by Russian Import Ban


Corporate Farming Eating up Small Poultry Farms


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