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This week we start in Brazil, where authorities have ruled out Bird Flu as the cause of a mysterious respiratory illness that prompted the slaughter of 17,000 chickens, an official said Wednesday. "We know it's not bird flu," Jamil Gomes, coordinator of the ministry's animal sanitation division, said in a telephone interview from Brasilia. "It has not arrived in South America."

A group of Russian experts is to start inspecting slaughter-houses and poultry farms in Brazil which supply meat products to Russia, a representative of Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture said in San Paolo.
     In April, Russia's Agriculture Ministry abolished the temporary embargo on meat supplies from most Brazilian states, which had been imposed last September because of the outburst of foot-and-mouth disease in Para and Amazonas states. Brazil held second place among the suppliers of poultry meat to Russia after the USA (26% and 60% respectively).

The risk of avian influenza, entering Australia through the Northern Territory is higher than ever, Menzies School of Health Research's Bart Currie said last week. He said bird flu was Australia's No. 1 communicable disease threat and the likelihood of the disease spreading was now at its highest.
     "There are two billion domestic ducks in Asia," he said. "And the ducks are the ultimate source because it comes from wild birds into domestic ducks so the risk of it happening is higher than ever. "Sooner or later it will mutate into something much more dangerous to humans."

Amid ominous signs that H5N1 bird flu is acquiring the ability to spread more readily among people, many health authorities are pinning their hopes on Tamiflu, the only available antiviral drug known to block the replication of the virus, report NewScientist.
     Even if efforts to develop a vaccine are successful, it could take many months to produce the billions of doses needed in the event of a pandemic and by then it might be too late.
     In Asia, H5N1 had already evolved resistance to another class of antivirals, including amantadine, by 2003. "The Chinese have been incorporating amantadine in their chicken feed, so we have lost that as a treatment," says Robert Webster of St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

In Thailand, after poring over old medical records, studying census data and cranking out mathematical models, scientists and health officials are beginning to believe they have a chance to stop the spread of bird flu before it kills millions of people worldwide.
     The key is detecting an outbreak early and rushing powerful antiviral drugs to the source to throttle a pandemic at birth before it can bust out of Southeast Asia, carrying sickness and death around the globe, reports IndyStar.

In China, concerns about the spread of bird flu are now at a fever pitch. On May 8, there were reports of abnormal deaths of migratory birds in Qinghai province. On May 21, the China Ministry of Agriculture (CMA) confirmed that the deaths were indeed caused by the H5N1 bird flu virus that has been spreading in other parts of Asia.
     Xinhua reports that the CMA was aware of the bird deaths as early as May 4 and concerns were raised at that time of the possibility of bird flu infections and the further spread to the human population.

In North America, the BSE scare is set to boost sales of organic meat products, reports High market growth is forecast as consumers’ fear for food safety raises consumer demand for organic meats, which are perceived to be healthier than non-organic meats.
     The organic poultry segment is the most important in the North American market for organic meat products. Organic chicken has been widely available in retailers for a number of years due to the short production cycle, integrated production method, and low price premium.

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In the US, Environmental Defense says the use of antibiotics in livestock feed might interfere with the effectiveness of antibiotics for humans. The national report released Wednesday estimated livestock producers annually use 26.5 million pounds of antibiotics as feed additives - more than seven times as much as U.S. physicians prescribe to their patients.
     Hog producers accounted for 69% of all medically important drugs used as feed additives, while poultry producers accounted for 19% and cattle producers for 12%.

The Environmental Defense report also said that Delaware uses more antibiotic feed additives per square mile than any other state, potentially placing residents who live near large farms at greater risk for exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
     About 187,000 pounds of antibiotic additives are used per thousand square miles in Delaware, nearly three times that of the next closest state, North Carolina, which led the nation in overall usage.

In the EU, a directive proposal for the protection of poultry destined for consumption was approved after studies revealing problems in the health and treatment of mass production poultry.
     European Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, responsible for health and consumer protection issues, stated that the right treatment of animals is a matter of ethics and quality for consumers. The proposal defines that the basic maximum concentration of animal capital should be equal to 30 kg of live animals per square meter, while it also provides the terms that will ensure the right treatment of animals.

Aviagen's Eastern European team have worked hard to build and maintain sales growth in Russia and Central Europe. Their visits to customer farms have allowed them to understand the issues facing their customers much better, but they realised that they needed to develop new expertise and systems to tackle these issues.
     They recruited specialists in feed quality assurance and feed milling technology to help them, and organised a farm demonstration. This showed delegates the difference between birds fed a good quality feed with good feed form and the same formulation with a poor form.

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In Malta's first quarter of 2005, total meat production dropped 26.% when compared to the same period last year, reports Data published by the National Statistics Office show that whereas beef production increased by 25.8%, pig meat and broiler meat production dropped by 4.2% and 53.6% respectively.

Guangzhou, capital city of South China's Guangdong Province, is bringing in a new system of health controls for farmers’ markets, the China Daily newspaper reported last week. "By the end of this year, over 70% of farmers' markets in the city's urban districts will have to introduce the market access system," said an official.
     According to Dong Jian, the system will also be implemented in markets in the city's rural areas. "Now, any agricultural food products that fail to pass strict scrutiny will be denied market access to ensure food security," he said.

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We have 2 features this week.

Prospects for agricultural markets and income 2004 - 2011 for EU-25
By the European Commission - The Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission has published in recent years an overview of market trends and mediumterm projections of supply and demand for the main agricultural commodities. This publication provides a picture of the likely developments of agricultural markets up to 2011, based on a certain number of assumptions and on the statistical information available in October 2004.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - June 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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