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Thursday 19th November 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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Retailers Make Progress on Campylobacter on Chicken

The latest test results for fresh chicken from the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) show a significant reduction in campylobacter contamination from last year.

Only 15 per cent of samples, down from 22 per cent in the same period last year (July to September 2014), tested positive for the highest levels of campylobacter contamination.

The FSA said that reducing the proportion of birds in this category will have the biggest positive impact on public health.

The results also showed that campylobacter was present on 76 per cent of chicken samples, down from 83 per cent in the same months of last year.

The results varied between retailers, with Co-op and Waitrose making the most significant reductions in the proportion of the chickens they sell that are most highly-contaminated – click here to read more.

This week, there was also a development on the issue of US poultry meat imports into South Africa.

The two sides have finally agreed on a veterinary trade protocol, which allows continued exports of poultry from those areas in the US that are not affected by avian influenza, in the event of a future outbreak.

This was a key demand of the American side, and South Africa’s statement said that the agreement was a “significant milestone” in helping the country to keep its benefits under the US’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The US said last week that duty free market access for South African agricultural goods would be suspended in January unless South Africa’s barriers to US meat imports are eliminated.

However, Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council and Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council said: "Two obstacles still remain, though, one pertaining to food safety and the other is an acceptable quota allocation procedure by the South African government.”

South Africa’s statement added that the 65,000 ton quota for US poultry imports will be implemented by 31 December – read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Best Practice in the Breeder House: Preventing Floor Eggs
Eggs laid on the floor (floor eggs) have a significantly higher risk of contamination and will reduce hatch and chick quality.

The Immunosuppressive Consequences of Mycotoxins in Livestock and Poultry
The contamination of feedstuffs with mycotoxins poses a serious threat to the health and productivity of livestock and poultry.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Poultry Expands its Share of World Meat Uptake
Poultry meat will account for more than half the additional meat produced globally by 2024, writes industry analyst Terry Evans.

Marek’s Disease in Small Flocks
This article from Christine Heinrichs explains the symptoms of Marek's Disease in poultry and how to prevent it occurring in small flocks.

Company News

Vostok Broiler Completes Smart Hatchery Expansion with Pas Reform in Kazakhstan
KAZAKHSTAN - TOO Vostok Broiler is scheduled to complete the second phase of a major expansion and refurbishment programme this Spring, when a new, state-of-the-art hatchery incorporating the latest Smart™ single-stage incubation technologies from Pas Reform is commissioned at Semey, in the north eastern province of East Kazakhstan.
Grando Castle: The Best Nest Since The Middle Ages
GLOBAL - Vencomatic introduces its new nest system: the Grando Castle. This new nest provides a solid base which is built to last.
Harrisvaccines' Rapid Response Leads to Avian Influenza Contract
ANALYSIS - Harrisvaccines was recently awarded a US government stockpile contract to produce 48 million doses of avian influenza vaccine, utilising their unique rapid response SirraVax platform technology.
Charles Swain Rejoins North America Technical Service Team
US - Charles Swain, a Louisiana native and ag-business graduate from Louisiana Tech University, has rejoined the Cobb-Vantress technical service team and will be responsible for providing technical support to Cobb customers in South Arkansas, Louisiana and Northeast Texas.
Market Intelligence Forum Returning to 2016 IPPE
US – Input costs, global competition and increasing regulatory requirements present ever-changing challenges for the poultry and egg industry.
Ovologic - Smart Egg Logistics
GLOBAL - The Vencomatic Group introduces a complete packaging solution for the handling and transportation of eggs: Ovologic.
Hatchery Tops Agenda at Recent Aviagen Anadolu Customer Seminar
TURKEY - Aviagen® Anadolu recently held a Hatchery Seminar in Istanbul which was attended by 49 delegates, representing most of the Turkish customer base.
MSD Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
US - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has entered into an agreement to acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   Australia

Australia Develops New Animal Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines

   China

Glowing Nanotubes Can Show When Meat Has Spoiled
China to Develop Animal Welfare Standards

   Korea, South

H5N8 Avian Flu Spreads in South Korean Poultry

   United Kingdom

Retailers Make Progress on Campylobacter on Chicken
Early Orders Show Strong Demand for Christmas Geese
UK Poultry Companies Targeted by Animal Rights Activists

   Ghana

US Projects Announced to Develop Ghana's Poultry Industry

   Nigeria

More Bird Flu Reported in Northern and Southern Nigeria

   Cambodia

Cambodian Ducks Hit by Bird Flu Outbreaks

   European Union

More Measures Announced to Ease CAP Burden
EU Agricultural Exports Increase in Value

   South Africa

US, South Africa Sign Poultry Veterinary Agreement
More Low-Path Avian Flu in South African Ostriches

   Israel

Newcastle Disease Spreads in Hazafon, Israel

   Viet Nam

More Avian Flu in Vietnamese Backyard Poultry

   Cote D'Ivoire

More Avian Flu Outbreaks in Southern Cote d'Ivoire

   Philippines

Philippines Poultry Industry Growing Despite Bad Weather

   Canada

What will a Liberal Government Mean for Canadian Agriculture?

   Global

World Antibiotic Awareness Week Alerts Animal Owners to Risks

   United States

US Food Regulators Ask, "What is Natural?"

   Spain

Spanish Broiler Production Expected to Remain Flat

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