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Thursday 4th December 2014
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor




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Poultry Sector Faces up to Challenges

Following the formation of a Joint Working Group to tackle Campylobacter in a focused way in the United Kingdom, one of the country's leading poultry companies has announced a significant programme aimed to cut the link between this foodborne pathogen and poultry meat.

2 Sisters Food Group is leading the largest and most comprehensive programme to tackle Campylobacter ever undertaken by the UK poultry industry.

The business has launched a £10-million initiative, with contributions from its retail partners, into reducing Campylobacter levels in poultry; far exceeding anything the sector had previously invested.

The multi-intervention plan, touching all stages of the supply chain from farm to consumer, aims to reduce Campylobacter levels at each stage, and provide industry insight into the best ways to tackle the naturally occurring bacteria.

The announcement from 2 Sisters followed the publication by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the results of its survey of Campylobacter on fresh chickens.

It includes results that have been described as "alarming" with respect to the high proportion of retail chickens testing positive for Campylobacter and those testing positive for the bacteria above the highest level of contamination.

Responding to the survey results, one animal welfare campaign group said the link between bird welfare and public health cannot be ignored.

Compassion in World Farming’s Director of Food Business, Dr Tracey Jones, said: "What’s clear is that our desire for cheap chicken, which is relentlessly driving down prices, is a fundamental barrier to solving this issue."

Another issue concerning the global poultry industry is bird flu.

Within the last week, India has reported three outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu in village ducks in the state of Kerala with more than 200,000 birds reportedly culled. There have also been two outbreaks in British Columbia in Canada; the cause is also an H5 variant but the full identification has not yet been announced.

In The Netherlands, the approach to controlling the disease caused by the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus has been somewhat relaxed in the absence of any new outbreaks. Germany and the United Kingdom too have reported no further virus-positive results in the last week.

Egypt has reported four new confirmed human cases of H5N1 influenza, three of whom have died and in China, a further two people are in a critical condition having contracted flu of the H7N9 type associated with live poultry markets.

Among the lessons to be learned from the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in Asia and Europe, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is recommending a strengthening of animal disease surveillance worldwide.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS: Upward Trend in Chicken Meat Consumption in Africa, Oceania
Protein uptake is set to climb more rapidly in Africa, while Australians are eating ever more chicken, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans, in the final part of his review of the chicken industries in Africa and Oceania.

Management Programme for Raising Breeder Duck Flocks
Advice on keeping and feeding breeding ducks from Gary S. Davis and Ken E. Anderson, Extension Poultry Specialists with North Carolina State University.

Effect of Lasalocid or Salinomycin on Performance and Immunity Following Coccidia Vaccination of Broilers
A new study in the US has examined the benefits of giving the ionophores, lasalocid or salinomycin, to in-ovo coccidia-vaccinated chickens.

Horizontal Transmission of Salmonella Enteritidis in Laying Hens Housed in Conventional or Enriched Cages
Housing type had no significant effect on the transmission of Salmonella Enteritidis infection in this American study.

Study of Kampung Chicken Resistance to Salmonella enteritidis
A new study from Indonesia reveals that the local Kampung chicken are resistant to Salmonella enteritidis infection, which makes their eggs more suitable for a local speciality made with raw eggs.

Company News

Zoetis to Participate in Animal Health Summit
US - Zoetis Inc. will participate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Animal & Dental Health Summit on Thursday 11 December in Boston, Massachusetts.
CID Lines Represented at Moroccan Poultry Show
MOROCCO - CID Lines was represented at the Dawajine poultry show in November.
New Biomin Web Site Now Available in Japanese
JAPAN - Biomin has now launched a Japanese version of the new corporate web site.
Zoetis / BPC Poultry Trainee Award 2014 Goes to Cheshire
UK - The elder of two Cheshire brothers chosen as finalists, Sam Jones, is the 2014 winner of the Zoetis-British Poultry Council Trainee of the Year Award.
Nortura Extends Hatchery with Petersime Incubators
NORWAY - Nortura Samvirkekylling is extending one of its two commercial hatcheries with an additional setting capacity with Petersime incubators.
Farmland Documentary Features at 2015 IPPE
US - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will feature the documentary, 'Farmland'.
Avian Influenza: Prevention Pays with Virocid
BELGIUM - Bird flu in poultry can be prevented Virocid at 0.25 per cent, says CID Lines.
ECO Animal Health Highlights Future of Poultry Antimicrobials
US - ECO Animal Health will be showcasing its innovative antimicrobial treatment, Aivlosin®, on its booth at IPPE in Atlanta from 27 to 29 January 2015.
Market Reports

USDA International Egg and Poultry 2 December 2014
USDA Egg Products December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 3 November 2014
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Global Poultry Industry News


OIE Urges Stronger Animal Disease Surveillance Worldwide
Poultry Industry Urges Exemption for Breeders from Bird Flu Bans
US Appeals WTO Panel Reports in US-COOL Disputes
Global Livestock Sector Addresses Hunger, Malnutrition
Meyn Introduces New Opportunity for Poultry Processors

   United Kingdom

UK Poultry Meat Industry Launches Manifesto for Future Success
Deadline Nears for WPSA UK Abstract Submissions
British Poultry Industry Celebrates Excellence
Moy Park Chief Executive Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year
Bird Welfare, Public Health Link Cannot Be Ignored
British Free Range Egg Producers Association Hands out Awards
Consumer Advice Following Campylobacter Results
SFP Payment Start Welcomed by NFU
2 Sisters Food Group Leads Way on Campylobacter Fight
Startling Results in Campylobacter Study
How British Farmers Keep Free-range Eggs at the Top of the Basket

   Russian Federation

Russia Restricts German Poultry Products over Bird Flu


Third Duck Farm in India Confirmed with Avian Flu
India Considers Challenge to WTO over US Poultry Decision
Poultry, People under Observation for Bird Flu in Kerala
H5N1 Bird Flu Virus Confirmed in India


Two More Canadian Poultry Farms under Bird Flu Quarantine
Bird Flu Outbreaks on Two of Canada's Poultry Farms


Farm Incomes to 'Fall Significantly' in Ireland in 2015


Slight Rise for China Farm Produce Prices


Norway Joins EU Research on Chicken Mites


Customised Approach to Tackle Bird Flu in Netherlands
Bird Flu Returns to Dutch Poultry Industry


Vets Welcome New Biosecurity Bills
A$500,000 Regional Grant for Egg Producer Expansion and New Jobs


Nutreco Acquires Two Brazilian Premix, Feed Companies

   United States

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US Modifies Regulation of Poultry Imports to Keep out Bird Flu
New Farm Bill Offering Disaster Assistance to Farmers


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   European Union

EU Farmers Reimbursed €868 Million

   United Arab Emirates

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