Poultry By-Product Use Splits Top Companies

by 5m Editor
5 September 2011, at 8:40am

JAMAICA - The country's two top poultry companies disagree about the use of poultry meal in poultry feeds.

The Jamaica Broilers Group, in a swipe at its competitor, Caribbean Broilers, has rejected the idea of converting chicken waste parts into ingredients for the manufacturing of poultry feed to reduce the dependency on expensive grains sourced on the international market, according to Jamaica Gleaner.

But Caribbean Broilers has hit back, saying it considered a statement by Jamaica Broilers emphasising that that company does "not feed chicken to chicken" as gimmickry, distortion, and mischief, and it would be responding with the aim of objectively informing the public about the issues involved.

Caribbean Broilers reportedly submitted a project document to the National Environment and Planning Agency earlier this year outlining its intentions to establish a protein recovery facility that would convert the chicken waste.

The company produces up to 80,000 chickens per day, according to Manager for Corporate Affairs Dr Keith Amiel, and products fashioned from the recovered poultry material could provide a sustainable source of raw material that would substitute imported materials used in Caribbean Broilers' feed mill.

However, asked if Jamaica Broilers would follow Caribbean Broilers' lead in converting chicken waste into feed, President and Chief Executive Christopher Levy told Sunday Business: "We do not feed chicken to chicken."

To read the full report in Jamaica Gleaner, click here.