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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 9th May 2005

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We start this week in Thailand, which is now free of avian influenza for the first time since the second outbreak of the virus in July of last year, officials said Friday. It marked the end of the 21-day bird flu surveillance period at a farm in Lop Buri province, the last place in the country to have reported the disease.
     Since the flu first struck, more than 60 million birds have been culled and 12 people have died. Bird flu has cost the country's economy about 4.3 billion baht (US$107m) in addition to the 2.2 billion baht (US$55m) compensation the government paid to farmers for the mass chicken cull in January 2003.

Thai chicken exports this year are expected to reach the targeted volume of 300,000 tonnes, an increase of 40% compared to last year due to the easing of the bird flu outbreak in the country.
     A large fraction of exports will be cooked products as raw poultry is still banned in export markets like Japan and Europe.

While other countries are reeling from bird flu, the Philippine government wants to make sure it has more than enough measures to prevent the virus from entering the country.
     Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit said the spread of the virus remains to be a threat to reckon with. Aside from the Philippines, only Singapore and Brunei remains free from the spread of the bird flu, reports Dayrit.

Vietnam says it is going to experimentally vaccinate 600,000 poultry in Ho Chi Minh City against H5N1 bird flu. This is a sharp reversal of the country’s previous vaccine-free policy for controlling bird flu - other methods have failed to halt the disease, according to New Scientist.
     Vietnam’s efforts to contain the virus by destroying all sick and exposed birds have failed, largely because farmers are not fully compensated for culled birds and do not always cooperate, Vietnam’s national steering committee on bird flu reported in April.

The vaccine produced by Merial will be given to the chickens later this month, said Phan Xuan Thao, deputy director of the city's animal health department. The vaccinations will be given to chickens on commercial farms and will be closely monitored, he said. If the outcome is successful, the vaccinations would be applied to other parts of the country, reports TheStar.

Cambodia's health ministry on Wednesday officially confirmed that a woman who died in Vietnam last month was killed by the H5 bird flu virus.
     No poultry deaths with indications of avian influenza were reported in her village, but investigations found that poultry deaths began occurring in late March/early April and were still continuing.

In China's Jilin province, the poultry industry supplies many domestic markets in the various regions, and also exports part of its poultry cuts reports e-feedlink.
     However, due to a combination of factors, large-sized poultry production plants continue to see a mild build-up in the inventory of some poultry products. Jilin Deda Co. Ltd, the largest broiler producer in the province, is currently experiencing a build-up in products like breast meat, chicken skin and minced poultry meat.

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In the US, the Meat Promotion Act, a bill that will allow US consumers to determine the availability of country-of-origin labeling for meat products, was introduced in Congress. H.R. 2068 would provide a framework for converting mandatory country-of-origin labeling, which must be implemented by Sept. 30, 2006, to a voluntary program administered by the USDA, reports AMI.

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled a thinking paper and timeline on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and called on agriculture producers, leaders, and industry partners to provide feedback.
     "We're proposing answers to some of the key questions about how we envision this system moving forward" he said.
See also: USDA envisions mandatory NAIS by 2009

Illinois farmers enjoyed returns in 2004 that were significantly above the average for the last five years, according to a University of Illinois Extension study. "Relatively high livestock prices contributed to the better incomes on livestock farms."
     The result was that total government payments received in 2004 by producers were above payments received in 2002 and 2003. However, the study warned that there could be trouble on the horizon.

In Israel, the Kibbutz Beit Alfa held an open door day to showcase a new 30,000 broiler breeder project they have installed at the beginning of April. The total complex consists of 3 poultry houses, 140 meters long and 14 meters wide on a 0.6 hectare site.
     The poultry houses were constructed by Agro Top, and equipped by Hapach Metal Industries and Kibbutz Hasolelim, a dealer of Vencomatic and Prinzen egg packing machines, in Israel. The houses are equipped with Vencomatic automatic nest systems (Classic Centerbelt Nest), a poultry slat (Vencoslat) in front of the nest, and Roxell feeding pans and bell drinkers.

The European Union wants to open the European market for meat to American chicken which have been treated with chemicals in order to fight possible contamination with Salmonella. Finland and Sweden are among EU member states opposed to allowing chemically-treated chicken onto the market.
    "To put it bluntly, the treatment is just an attempt to cover up for poor hygiene in the early stages of production", says veterinary inspector Terhi Laaksonen of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In the United States, the surface treatment of meat from chickens with chlorine or phosphate compounds is routine, reports helsinginsanomat.fi.

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In the UK, farming leaders have met representatives of the National Fallen Stock Company and government to discuss how fallen stock is being collected and disposed of across the UK. Speaking after the meeting, Ulster Farmers’ Union President Campbell Tweed said; "What we now need is progress to deliver a more cost effective and user friendly scheme."
See also: Farm unions give NFSCo backing

In Russia, the meat processing firm Kampomos has launched the first of its new high margin product range in Russia, aimed at growing demand for freshness and diversity. Russian meat prices doubled in 2004 after having risen 30% the year before, and another domestic firm, Mikoyan, told Cee-FoodIndustry.com that this had hampered development in the sector.
     Accordingly, companies are launching more products in the middle and upper price segments. These categories currently control around 26 per cent of the Russian meat sector but are forecast to have 30 per cent by 2006.

In Nairobi, industry experts have met in a conference to discuss chicken as a cheaper food. In Kenya a chicken meal is more expensive than other alternative sources of protein, according to eFeedLink. The prohibitive cost of chicken meat is due to the high costs of feeds which account for up to 70% of the production costs. One of their key objectives is to come up with standards and policy recommendations to regulate the feed milling industry.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 3 features this week.

Egg Quality Evaluation
By EggTester.com - In Japan, eggs are usually distributed through the route of egg producers --> grading and packing centers (GP centers) -> supermarkets in consumer places --> consumers. Through this distribution route, eggs are stored in the consumer's refrigerators within a period of zero (the same day of production) to 4 days at the latest

Fighting Campylobacter in Turkeys by Going to the Source
By The Food Safety Consortium - The pathogen Campylobacter, Dan Donoghue says, is “a very interesting organism.” His team recently found that it occurs naturally in turkeys’ male and female reproductive tracts.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - April 2005
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.


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