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Thursday 22nd January 2015
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

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New Proposal to Cut Foodborne Pathogens in Poultry Meat Cuts

The food safety authority in the United States is proposing changes aimed at cutting foodborne bacteria contamination of poultry cuts.

Tighter standards on poultry products will prevent 50,000 illnesses each year, predicts the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The drop will come from anticipated actions to control Salmonella and Campylobacter in the poultry supply chain.

Proposals, expected to be finalised in the spring, cover raw chicken breasts, legs, wings and ground chicken and turkey products.

It will mean improved testing patterns, which deputy under-secretary for food safety, Al Almanza, said will have a “major impact” on public health, while Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack said: "This is a meaningful, targeted step that could prevent tens of thousands of illnesses each year."

Targets are to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter by a minimum of 30 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively, from the poultry products covered.

Also in the news this week, the way could be reopened for the restoration of EU exports to Russia. This could apply in the first instance to pork and pig meat products but there is a chance that, in time, this could be followed by a resumption of poultry meat exports.

Meanwhile, a senator is pushing for renewed efforts to force South Africa to cut the duties on imports of US poultry meat.

Avian flu has been sweeping through several countries. It must be hitting consumer confidence as well as causing huge challenges for the industry, with the goose sector in Taiwan a particular target. There, three different H5 highly pathogenic virus subtypes – including a new H5N3 variant – are reported already to have hit dozens of farms and hundreds of thousands of birds have died or been culled in the run-up to the Chinese New Year.

The infection is also sweeping across Nigeria, with poultry flocks affected in both the north and south of the country, while Israel and the Palestinian Territory have also reported their first outbreaks for some years. Japan has reported new outbreaks and the virus has also been detected for the first time in the US state of Idaho.

Both Egypt and China are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease in humans since the start of the year.

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) takes place next week in Atlanta. If you are attending show, please come to meet ThePoultrySite team at booth A1351!

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Americas' Chicken Trade Continues to Grow Apace
Brazil and the US account for 60 per cent of chicken meat exported by the Americas, while Argentina's trade has shown steady progress over the last decade, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans.

Frequent Application of Litter Amendments in Broiler Houses During Grow-out on Bird Health, Production and Environment
A series of experiments at the University of Delaware show that frequent application of sodium bisulphate improved broiler production performance and foot pad quality and reduced ammonia emissions and Salmonella counts.

Corn Substitution by Low-tannin Sorghum Grain for Broiler Production
Low-tannin sorghum could be used as an alternative for corn (maize) in broiler diets, according to a new study from Senegal. The climate of the Sahel region is challenging for corn growing, the researchers commented.

Effect of Coarsely Ground Corn on Broiler Live Performance, GI Tract, Digestibility and Digesta Particle Size
Diets that contained 25 and 50 per cent coarsely ground corn improved broiler bodyweight, feed conversion ratio and digestibility of energy and protein, according to new research from North Carolina State University.

Bobwhite Quail Production 4
Advice on the production of bobwhite quail from Professor Peter A. Skewes of Clemson University and Professor Emeritus Henry R. Wilson of the University of Florida; Florida Cooperative Extension Service. This article offers information on diseases, handling and release of quail and processing of the meat and eggs.

Improving Rapid Detection Methods for Foodborne Pathogens
Researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a microfluidic device that exploits cell movement to separate live and dead bacteria during food processing.
Company News

Novus Highlights Mineral Solutions at IPPE 2015
US - Novus is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its highly-effective chelated trace minerals, MINTREX, and will host several events at IPPE to commemorate the occasion.
Cobb-Vantress Unveils New Global Distributor Web Page
GLOBAL - Cobb-Vantress has unveiled a new global distributor web-page to support further its global digital strategy.
Big Dutchman Acquires Controlling Interest in Proline Group
ASIA & OCEANIA - The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta, Germany, has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group to strengthen further its position in Asia.
Pas Reform to Set New Standards in Single Stage Incubation
US - Pas Reform will unveil a new series of single-stage incubation equipment for the first time at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) 2015 in Atlanta.
New Research to be Presented by AB Vista in Sydney
AUSTRALIA - Two new sets of research data are to be presented by Dr Mike Bedford, AB Vista’s Research Director, during the 26th Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS) at the University of Sydney on 8 to 11 February.
Taking Poultry Production to Another Level
THE NETHERLANDS - Jansen Poultry Equipment supports poultry farmers with the complete design of their house and shares its knowledge about poultry and technology.
Olivier Demeure Joins Groupe Grimaud as Scientific Director
FRANCE - Groupe Grimaud has appointed Olivier Demeure as the Groupe’s Scientific Director with effect from 1 January 2015.
Merck Animal Health Announces Platinum Sponsorship of IPPE 2015
US - Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) has announced it will be a platinum sponsor of the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia from 27 to 29 January.
Where is the Global Poultry Industry Headed?
US - Delair Bolis, Executive Director, Head of Global Poultry Business Unit at MSD Animal Health, shares expectations for the global poultry industry.
Inositol Production Critical to Phytase Superdosing Response
GLOBAL - AB Vista says that, according to the latest research, up to 30 per cent of the performance response seen in broilers following phytase superdosing may be due to the beneficial effects of the inositol released following complete phytate degradation.
Flockman Customer Achieves High Broiler Efficiency Score
UK - Using the Flockman feeding system, one of the country's leading young broiler producers has achieved an efficiency factor of more than 400 on three consecutive flocks.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News


Avian Flu Spreads to New Nigerian States
More Poultry Lost to Avian Flu in Nigeria

   United States

US Senator Takes on South Africa over Poultry Meat Duties
Tougher US Poultry Meat Measures Could Spare 50,000 Illnesses
Third Avian Flu Outbreak in Washington State Poultry
NFU Urges President Obama to Reconsider Trade Agreements
Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports
Don Dalton, US Poultry Industry Leader, Passes Away
High-protein Soybean Aimed at Feed Market Released
How Big of a Deal is China’s Ban on Imports of US Poultry and Egg Products?
CME: 2015 US Meat Expectations in Context of Long-term History
CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates


Taiwanese Goose Industry Hit by Tidal Wave of High-path Avian Flu
Taiwan Makes Official Report on 28 New Avian Flu Outbreaks
Taiwan Set to Import Poultry Meat as Bird Flu Outbreaks Continue
All Poultry Sales Take a Hit in Taiwan
New Avian Influenza Virus Strain Detected in Taiwan

   Palestinian Territory

Avian Flu Hits Turkeys in Palestine's West Bank


New Pack Size Rule: A Means to Protect Jordan's Poultry Sector?

   New Zealand

Fall in Fuel Prices Should Mean Lower Costs for Farmers


Bird Flu Hits Japanese Broiler Breeder Flock
Japanese Layer Flock Hit by Avian Flu

   United Kingdom

Employee Motivation Day Set to Build Success in Agriculture
Faccenda Sees Sales Soar after Turkey Integration
UK Appoints Agri Counsellor in China to Help Boost Trade
How Well are Farmers Caring for Environment?


Poultry Could Help End Bangladesh Hunger


Could EU Poultry Meat Exports to Russia Resume?
China, UK Strengthen Agricultural Cooperation
More Efficient Food Systems Needed
US Counts the Cost of Chinese Ban on Its Poultry Exports
BRF Announces New Global Structure
Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?


High-path Bird Flu Hits Turkeys in Israel


Marfrig Appoints New Chief Executive
Brazilian Farmers Should Expect Good Year


Thailand Eyes up New Poultry Customer

   South Korea

South Korea to Lift Australia Bird Flu Ban
South Korea to Impose Poultry Movement Ban


Secure Winter Wheat for Feed Before Demand Spikes


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China Boosts Financial Support to Agriculture
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

   Russian Federation

Cherkizovo Group Announces New Chilled Chicken Line


Cargill Expands Dutch Animal Nutrition Centre


Irish Food and Drink Exports up for Fifth Year Running


Poultry Plays Pivotal Role in Gambian Economy


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