What's new ? - 2017

What's new ? - 2017

Dr Shimon Perk, Chief Veterinary Officer for Poultry Health in Israel, Dies Suddenly

21 June, 2017 Shimon was born in Israel in 1956, the son of holocaust survivors. His father, Professor Kalman Perk, was the founder and first principal of Israel’s only Veterinary School. Shimon studied agriculture at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, from 1979-1981. During his studies there Shimon met Rachel, and they married in 1980. On completing their studies, Shimon and Rachel went together to Madrid to study veterinary medicine. On graduation in 1987 they travelled to Gainesville, Florida to complete a year of internship (1988), after which they returned to Israel and Shimon started work as a poultry clinician at the regional poultry laboratory at Har-Tuv, Jerusalem.
Shimon completed the poultry expert qualification in 1993, and in 1997 he was appointed manager of the regional poultry laboratory at Hadera. In addition to this position he was also given responsibility for the field control of veterinary medicines, in which role he was responsible in the year 2000 for the exposure of widesprea Read More

Poultry - Production & Value 2016

24 May, 2017 The combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2016 was $38.7 billion, down 20 percent from $48.1 billion in 2015. Of the combined total, 67 percent was from broilers, 17 percent from eggs, 16 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens.
The value of broilers produced during 2016 was $25.9 billion, down 10 percent from 2015. The total number of broilers produced in 2016 was 8.78 billion, up 1 percent from 2015. The total amount of live weight broilers produced in 2016 was 54.3 billion pounds, up 2 percent from 2015.
The value of turkeys produced during 2016 was $6.18 billion, up 8 percent from the $5.71 billion the previous year. The total number of turkeys raised in 2016 was 244 million, up 5 percent from 2015. Turkey production in 2016 totaled 7.49 billion pounds, up 6 percent from the 7.04 billion pounds produced in 2015. Read More

Canada: Restrictions on antimicrobial drugs for livestock

24 May, 2017 Health Canada announced new rules for veterinary drugs that will better protect Canadians against Antimicrobial resistance (AMR);
Changes to the Food and Drug Regulations include:
Restricting the personal importation of certain veterinary drugs for food-producing animals;
Requiring companies to follow stricter guidelines to ensure the quality of their active pharmaceutical ingredients;
Requiring manufacturers, importers and compounders of veterinary drugs to report annual sales of medically important antimicrobial drugs to Health Canada to enable better surveillance;
Introducing a more flexible and risk-appropriate framework to make importation simpler for low-risk veterinary health products, including products that may be used as alternatives to antimicrobial drugs. Read More

Antibiotic-free grocery chicken

19 May, 2017 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year at least 23,000 people in the United States lose their lives to antibiotic-resistant infections and an additional two million are sickened. America's leading grocery chains are failing to address overuse of antibiotics in chicken, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The report evaluates and grades the five largest grocery retailers in North America - Costco, Publix, Walmart, Albertsons/Safeway, and Kroger - on their offerings of chicken brands from producers with responsible antibiotics practices and their public commitment to appropriate antibiotic use in food animals. Read More

Poultry products recalled due to possible residue contamination

13 May, 2017 NY Livestock Market, Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,500 pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with nitrofurazone.
The problem was discovered through routine testing performed by FSIS inspection personnel for the National Residue Program. Read More

OSHA: Tyson Foods & Pilgrim’s Pride near the top for severe injuries

29 April, 2017 A new report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found that chicken and meat processing workers faced some of the highest risks for severe injuries (data on severe injuries reported to the agency from Jan. 2015 to Sept. 2016).
180 severe injuries were reported to OSHA by poultry processing firms during the period, making poultry processing rank 12th among industries with the highest employer severe injury reporting in the U.S.
Two smaller companies that stand out among those reporting large numbers of severe workplace injuries are both in the chicken and meat processing industry: Tyson Foods, with one-tenth the size of Walmart’s workforce (approximately 93,000 workers nationwide), has the fourth-highest number of reported severe injuries; and JBS/Pilgrim’s Pride, another poultry and meat company, holds the sixth-highest spot. Read More

India a fast growing processed meat and poultry market

25 April, 2017 India is currently second fastest growing processed meat and poultry market globally with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22%. Indonesia stands first in this category with 26.7% CAGR between 2011 and 2015 followed by Vietnam at 15.5%, China at 13.9% and Brazil at 10.9%. Read More

Taiwan: FDA finds high dioxin levels in eggs

22 April, 2017 Excessive dioxin residues have been found in eggs from three chicken farms in Changhua County. The FDA ordered the farms to immediately suspend sales and retailers to take merchandise from the farms off their shelves. The farms have between 80,000 and 90,000 chickens which are estimated to produce 65,000 eggs per day. Read More

Iran: Livestock, Poultry Exports Earn $1.2b

22 April, 2017 More than $1.2 billion worth of livestock and poultry products were exported over the 11 months to February 18, registering a $554.7 million trade surplus in the sector.
Around 62,600 tons of chicken worth $77.3 million, 750,000 tons of milk ($683 million) and 800,000 tons of eggs ($53.5 million) were exported during the 11-month period. Read More

Activist organisation places stickers on egg cartons in-store

Source: with permission from egg-cite.com 22 April, 2017 A group of animal rights movement, Direct Action Everywhere have placed deprecating stickers on egg cartons in stores.
The tactic is similar to the action by a deranged individual in the New England states who places GMO stickers on food products. Read More

Canada: new Code of Practice for Egg Production

1 April, 2017 The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has endorsed new Code of Practice for Egg Production. The National Farm Animal Care Council code calls for producers to work toward phasing out the use of small, cramped cages for hens over the next 15 years, and sets new care standards for the birds. It is expected that conventional battery cages will be phased out by 2036. Last May, Retail Council of Canada members including Loblaw, Metro Inc., Overwaitea Food Group, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc., and Wal-Mart Canada Corp., announced they plan to purchase cage-free eggs by the end of 2025. Read More

Brazil meat scandal

24 March, 2017 Brazilian investigators charge that health inspectors were bribed to overlook the sale of expired meats. Police also allege that the appearance and smell of expired meats was improved by using chemicals and cheaper products like water and manioc flour.
Police named BRF SA and JBS SA, along with dozens of smaller rivals, in a two-year probe into how meatpackers allegedly paid off inspectors to overlook practices including processing rotten meat, shipping exports with traces of salmonella and simply not carrying out inspections of plants. JBS is the world's largest meat producer and BRF the biggest poultry exporter. Read More

NCC and slow-growing broilers

28 January, 2017 The National Chicken Council recently released a report on the environmental and economic impact of converting to slow-growing strains. Converting only one-third of U.S. broiler production, estimated to attain 41,550 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken in 2017, to slow-growing strains would require an additional 1.5 billion birds annually to produce the same quantity currently produced with highly selected broiler strains. Read More

Poultry Production in Poland

Gain Report - USDA 12 January, 2017 In 2015 Polish poultry production amounted to 2,386,000 MT and was 7 percent higher than in the previous year. The increase of production stems from growing domestic consumption, as consumers substitute beef with poultry which is perceived as healthier and cheaper meat, and increasing exports mainly to other EU member states.
Poultry meat production consists mainly of chicken broilers (81%), turkey broilers (14%) which are in demand for the domestic meat processing industry, and ducks and geese which are mainly exported to Western Europe, mainly Germany. It is estimated that in 2016 poultry production will increase by additional 15 percent in comparison to 2015. Poultry meat productionis based on locally produced grains (mainly corn) and 2 million tons of soybean meal imported mainly from South America or the United States. Read More