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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 23rd February 2004

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This week we start in the US, where Reuters reports bird flu was found at a chicken farm in southern Texas, the fourth U.S. state affected by a mild strain of the virus.
     The Texas Animal Health Commission said it had quarantined a flock of 7,000 chickens in Gonzales County near San Antonio after the birds tested positive for the H5N2 strain of avian influenza,

Meanwhile a Canadain, flock of 16,000 chickens from a British Columbia farm have been slaughtered after health officials discovered some of them were infected with a mild H7 form of avian flu. Officials said they're acting swiftly to prevent the disease from spreading to other farmsltry to Japan.
     Japan has halted imports of poultry from Canada as of last Friday, reports The Star. China has also joined other Asian governments in banning imports of Canadian poultry.

The spread of bird flu has been a "disaster" for Asia's livestock industries and threatens the region's efforts to eradicate hunger, said the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. "The spread of the highly pathogenic AI in several areas in Asia is a disaster for livestock production and a threat to human health,"

Japan may resume imports of heat-treated poultry products from Thailand this week if all conditions relating to hygiene are met, Agriculture Ministry official said today. Japan's International Animal Health Affairs Office sent experts to Thailand this week to see if all the conditions set by Japan had been met.

In Vietnam, the Veterinary Department, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said all provinces and cities throughout Vietnam have basically contained the bird flu epidemic.
     No new bird flu outbreaks have been reported in Ho Chi Minh City, and southern Soc Trang province over the past 16 days. However, new outbreaks have been detected in the North.

Taiwan has the opportunity to increase its exports of frozen or chilled meat and fish products to Asian countries affected by the deadly avian flu outbreak, but only if it can persuade potential importers to lift the ban on Taiwanese chicken, industry insiders said.

Korea’s third-largest poultry processor, Cherrybro Food Co., is struggling to stave off bankruptcy, according to Meatnews. Part of the reason for the hard economic times is the current avian influenza outbreak that is sweeping across Asia, which has dampened demand for poultry meat.

For China's Agricultural Giant Shanghai Dajiang Group, already running consecutive losses in its core poultry business over the last two years, the bird flu outbreak has come at a bad time. Rumors are abound that the agricultural giant of China may decide to pull out of the poultry industry altogether, reports eFeedLink.

Could Asia's bird flu wing its way to Europe? Millions of ducks, stints and storks will soon fly to north from their winter homes in Asia, fuelling fears they might carry the deadly H5N1 virus that has killed 22 people and ravaged poultry flocks across the region.
     The WHO, which calls the Asian outbreaks "historically unprecedented", says wild birds could easily spread the disease, reports Planet Ark.

In the UK, the fallen stock collection scheme is facing further delays, delegates at the NFU Scotland annual conference have been told. The National Fallen Stock Company said there was no indication of when a scheme would become operational, reports FWi. One of the key problems in the pig and poultry sectors was the lack of a guarantee of a uniform standard of biosecurity.


That's all for this week.

Ed.


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