What's New ? - 2019

What's New ? - 2019

EU and the Mercosur deal

12 July, 2019 The European Union and four South American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) clinched a deal that would create a trade bloc of 780 million people, representing a quarter of the world’s economy.
The deal:
Poultry meat: the EU will open an import quota of 180,000 tonnes to which no tariff duty will be applied. It will be split 50/50 into allocations for boneless and bone-in cuts and as with beef will be phased in over six equal annual installments Read More

LDC makes acquisition in Belgium

8 July, 2019 LDC, the France-based poultry supplier, has snapped up Kiplama, an import and distribution business in Belgium.
LDC said it supplies 40% of the products handled by Kiplama, which it described as a "distributor of French speciality poultry products". Kiplama's turnover was EUR39m (US$44m) in 2018, generating an EBITDA of "slightly above" EUR1m. Reporting results for its financial year that ended on Feb. 28, LDC said full-year current operating profit rose to 190.1 million euros from 184.7 million euros a year earlier. It expects operating profit to reach 200 million euros in 2019/2020 as its international division benefits from the takeover of Hungarian group Tranzit last year and the French convenience market continues to grow. LDC expects further growth on the French poultry market, where it already has a market share of nearly 40%. Read More

Poultry Science: open access

7 July, 2019 Poultry Science Association announces a new publishing agreement with Elsevier, Inc. to publish its two scientific journals (Poultry Science and the Journal of Applied Poultry Research), beginning 1 January 2020. Concurrently, the PSA Board of Directors recently approved changing its journals to an open access (OA) format and Elsevier presented the best overall proposal. Read More

Indonesia to cull around 3 million broiler breeders

28 June, 2019 Indonesia has told broiler breeders to cull around 3 million chickens over a two-week period to prop up plunging prices, as farmers protested by giving away thousands of live birds for free. Indonesia has been producing more chicken than it consumes, putting pressure on prices. Chicken farmers have been complaining that live bird prices have been below a government floor price and cost of production for months. Breeders increased chicken production to cash in on an expected upturn in demand during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holidays earlier this month. Read More

Monitoring antimicrobial resistance trends, the Netherlands, 1998 to 2016

Eurosurveillance: Volume 24, Issue 25, 20/Jun/2019 22 June, 2019 A recent study aimed to optimise interpretation of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) monitoring data by modelling resistance trends in commensal E. coli from livestock and to evaluate if any trends (and trend changes) were observed from 1998 to 2016.In 1998, a monitoring programme of AMR in livestock started in the Netherlands (NL). The programme was initiated following recommendations given at the Invitational European Union (EU) Conference ‘The Microbial Threat’ hosted by the Danish Government in Copenhagen in 1998. The recommendations were ‘to monitor evolution and effects of interventions, through establishment of accurate surveillance systems on antimicrobial resistance in the human and veterinary sector’. Escherichia coli was chosen as the indicator organism for gut microbiota in order to monitor the effects of antimicrobials with Gram-negative spectra. Between 1998 and 2009, there were statistically significant increasing resistance trends for all antimicrobials, except for tetracy Read More

EU poultry feed production in 2018

Source: FEFAC 22 June, 2019 The industrial compound feed production for farmed animals in the EU-28 in 2018 reached an estimated level of 163.3 million tonnes, i.e. 1.8% higher than in 2017.
As regards poultry feed production, the overall production increased by 1.7%, mostly driven by the development of poultry production in Finland, Czech Republic and Poland recording a growth of app. 5%. In certain countries like Germany, the demand for laying hens feed dropped dramatically (-4%). In France, the positive result (+1.7%) was to a large extent linked to recovery of the duck feed market (+14%) after a sharp decrease over the last two years due to Avian Influenza restrictions. The positive trend in poultry exports and sharp reduction of imports from Brazil contributed to support a positive momentum for the EU poultry sector and, therefore, an increased demand for commercial feed. EU poultry feed production remains the leading segment of EU industrial compound feed production, well ahead of pig feed. Read More

The meat alternative market

15 June, 2019 By 2040, most "meat" will come from alternative sources and not livestock. That's according to a report led by AT Kearney, a global consultancy firm. The basic conclusion, is that 60 percent of "meat" eaten in two decades' time will be either lab-grown (35 percent) or plant-based (25 percent).
Alternative "meats" range from traditional meat substitutes (tofu, seitan, mushrooms, and jackfruit) to insect protein (mostly mealworms and crickets) to novel vegan meat replacements, which use hemoglobin and binders to imitate the sensory profile of meat. Cultured meat (aka clean meat, cell-based meat, and slaughter-free meat) is newer to the scene and – at least for the time being – more exclusive, costing $80 per 100 grams as of 2018. It is grown in a lab and only requires a single cell extracted from a living animal, but the end product is identical to conventionally produced meat. Read More

Germany: mass-killing of male chicks is legal

14 June, 2019 A top German court has ruled that it is still lawful for poultry and egg producers to kill unwanted male chicks. The ruling, by Germany's Federal Administrative Court, backs companies on a temporary basis until an alternative can be found. Mass-culling of male chicks is common practice in industrialised farming around the world. After being sexed, billions of the baby birds are killed shortly after birth - usually by grinding or gassing. Officials say this means about 45 million male chicks die every year in Germany alone. In 2013, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia issued a decree banning hatcheries from killing chicks. Two egg hatcheries in the state then appealed against this. Paragraph one of Germany's Animal Welfare Act states that: "No-one shall inflict pain, suffering or harm on a pet without a reasonable cause." A lower court ruled that killing for food production constituted "reasonable" grounds, leading to the latest high court challenge. Read More

World Food Safety Day

6 June, 2019 23 million people falling ill and an estimated 4700 per year lose their lives from unsafe food each year in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg. This is according to a review of the most recent available data entitled “The burden of foodborne diseases in the WHO European Region”. These findings are presented on the occasion of the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2019. The WHO European Region will join partners across the world in celebrating the day to raise awareness and promote action to improve food safety.According to the estimates, the most frequent causes of foodborne illness are diarrhoeal disease agents. Read More

Boehringer Ingelheim and Harbin Veterinary Research Institute Establish Strategic Partnership

4 June, 2019 The Harbin Veterinary Research Institute that functions as a state agency has jointly unveiled an industry-academia research exchange platform with Boehringer Ingelheim of Germany. Programs will include research, training and promoting the sustainable development of the animal health industry in China.The Harbin Veterinary Research Institute is a prestigious laboratory, but it is expected that Boehringer will be revealing and disclosing considerable proprietary technology to the benefit of their Chinese counterparts. Read More

Ceva to acquire IDT animal health business

1 June, 2019 Ceva Santé Animale (“Ceva”) and IDT Biologika GmbH (“IDT”) have reached a provisional agreement for Ceva to acquire IDT’s veterinary biopharmaceutical portfolio and R&D activities. The deal is subject to approval by the Germany's Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) and is expected to be concluded by July 1 2019. Read More

EFSA: Veterinary drug residues

29 May, 2019 Monitoring data on the presence of residues of veterinary medicines and contaminants in animals and animal-derived food show high rates of compliance with recommended safety levels. Presence of prohibited substances was also low. Overall, there were 1,273 or 0.35% of non-compliant samples out of the 360,293 targeted samples in 2017. This figure is within the range of 0.25%-0.37% reported over the previous 10 years.
This is the first time that EFSA has collected these data from Member States; in the past the information was submitted to the European Commission. Read More

Russia: first poultry cargo to China since the Soviet era

25 May, 2019 For the first time since the Soviet era, Russia is sending poultry to China. The market for cheaper alternatives to pork is opening up as analysts say China could lose 30% of its pigs to African swine fever. The move could be a big step forward for Russia’s poultry industry, which wants to become a major supplier to more countries. It’ll likely take time to seriously challenge major shippers like the U.S., Brazil and European Union, but last month’s sale of chicken wings could be a warning of more competition for exporters hoping to send more to China. After doubling poultry output in the past decade to rank as the No. 6 producer, Russia may already be able meet some of China’s needs.
Russia is almost self-sufficient in poultry. Russia still imports a bit more chicken than it exports. Miratorg Agribusiness Holding sent 54 tons of wings to China in April, and the Russian National Meat Association said the country could send tens of thousands of tons there within a couple of years. Read More

Organic food sales worth almost $48B in 2018

21 May, 2019 Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non-food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion. The growth rate for organic continued to easily outpace the general market: in 2018, total food sales in the U.S. edged up just 2.3 percent.
5.7% of all food sold in the U.S. last year was organic.Fruits and vegetables now account for 36.3 percent of all organic food sales. The second-largest organic category, dairy and egg sales were $6.5 billion in 2018, up 0.8 percent from 2017. Read More

Northern Ireland: ‘One Health’ approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance

17 May, 2019 The Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency have launched a five-year action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance. The action plan, titled ‘Changing the Culture 2019-2024: One Health’, encourages the responsible use of antimicrobials through preventive measures such as improved hygiene, effective vaccination and biosecurity, stronger laboratory capacity and disease surveillance, and investment in innovative therapies and rapid diagnostics. The report highlights there has already been an overall reduction in the livestock sector of 40% between 2013 and 2017. Read More

Washington State: ban on caged egg production by the end of 2023

9 May, 2019 Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a ban on caged egg production by the end of 2023. The new law was passed in large part due to the advocacy of the Humane Society of the United States, which collaborated with both Democratic and Republican legislators and key stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
The measure builds upon previous work in states like California and Massachusetts where voters have passed transformational ballot measures against the cage confinement of farm animals in recent years. Read More

China chicken prices jump on supply shortage

27 April, 2019 Chicken prices are surging as consumers try to substitute poultry for pork and Chinese farmers cull pig herds to combat a nationwide outbreak of African Swine Fever. But chickens remain in short supply.
China has faced a chicken shortage since 2016 and the scarcity could get worse this year, driving up the price of chicken meat in the months ahead. Poultry imports from the United States and France have been banned in China since 2016 in the wake of an Avian Influenza oubreak in those countries in December 2014. The ban has produced a sharp drop in the supply of white-feather “grandparent” stock. According to official data, total output of live chickens on the mainland has dropped from around 6 billion birds in 2016 to 5.72 billion in 2017 and 4.16 billion last year. Read More

Eurogroup for animals - broiler chicken welfare

25 April, 2019 This is what adults in 7 EU countries (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and Belgium) think about the living conditions of broilers. A survey commissioned by Eurogroup for Animals from ComRes.
-Nearly all (96%) respondents across the seven European countries included in this research say that they eat chicken, with two thirds (66%) saying they eat chicken once a week or more.
-Three in ten (62%) respondents say they prefer to buy ethically sourced chicken (including free-range, organic, animal welfare certified or locally sourced chicken). Read More

The economic impact of U.S. poultry industry

5 April, 2019 The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have released an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides 1,984,784 jobs, $108.9 billion in wages, $495.1 billion in economic activity and $38.5 billion in government revenue. Since the last study conducted in 2016, the poultry industry has created 302,515 additional jobs, and the economic impact has increased by 11 percent. Read More

Delmarva poultry industry

5 April, 2019 Delmarva’s chicken industry increased its economic output by 18.6 percent in the past five years by producing 4.3 billion pounds of chicken worth $3.4 billion in 2018, according to new data released by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
The 20,425 chicken company employees on Delmarva earned $784 million in wages in 2018, and the region’s 1,302 chicken growers earned $268 million in contract income. Read More

Salmonella egg contamination could result in significant chicken cull

26 March, 2019 Hundreds of thousands of chickens may need to be destroyed after salmonella outbreak sparked a massive egg recall across Australia. The eggs were pulled from shelves across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT after salmonella-related illnesses were linked with the Bridgewater Poultry farm in central Victoria. Read More

Poultry meat production in Mexico

Gain report 26 March, 2019 The forecast for chicken meat production in 2019 remains at 3.6 million (MT). The forecast for chicken meat consumption in 2019 is 4.4 million MT based on continued strong demand from consumers and the processing industry. Poultry remains the most affordable animal protein for the low and mid-income population, accounting for 60 percent of animal protein consumption. The industry reports that per capita consumption of chicken continues to grow, increasing 2 percent in 2018 alone.
Total imports in 2018 were 820,000 MT, the United States continues to be the main source of chicken meat, supplying 86 percent of Mexico’s total chicken imports. Read More

Elanco Animal Health completes separation from Eli Lilly

25 March, 2019 Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced that it is now a fully independent company. The completion of Eli Lilly and Company’s exchange offer completes the journey Elanco began in 2017 when its former parent company first announced the exploration of potential strategic alternatives for the 64-year-old animal health company. The exchange offer was 7.6x oversubscribed.
The share exchange was completed less than six months after Elanco’s IPO, when 19.8 percent of its shares were sold to the public. Read More

Poultry meat production in China

16 March, 2019 China’s 2019 chicken meat production is forecast at 12.65 million metric tons, representing 8-percent year on year growth. This increase is due primarily to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak that began in August 2018, pushing consumers away from pork and towards poultry. While growing demand and high prices are expected to encourage increased domestic production, China’s continued HPAI bans against key suppliers of new poultry genetics (primarily France and the United States) continue to limit that growth, especially for white broilers. Due to unmet domestic demand, 2019 Chinese imports will grow by 32-percent to 450,000 MT, with the growth coming primarily from Brazil, Thailand, Poland, and Russia. Finally, exports are expected to remain steady at 455,000 MT as Chinese exporters fight to maintain market share overseas. Read More

South Africa: Frozen broiler imports rose from 368,201 tons in 2015 to 538,434 tons in 2018

23 February, 2019 Chicken imports reached a new record high in 2018 which placed further pressure on the local market, according to the South African Poultry Association (Sapa).
An imports report drawn up by Sapa based on official SA Revenue Service statistics showed that imports in 2018 totalled 538,434 tons, an increase on the previous record year of 2016, when 528,108 tons of chicken reached the country. Imports dipped slightly in 2017 due to outbreaks of avian influenza in the European Union (EU), which had been a major source of dumped chicken. However, Brazil quickly increased its exports, filling the gap left by EU producers and becoming the major source of both frozen broiler portions and of mechanically deboned meat (MDM) which is used in the food processing industry.Total frozen broiler imports rose from 368,201 tons in 2015 to 538,434 tons in 2018. Read More

Argentina bans production, importation, distribution and use of Colistin in veterinary products

18 February, 2019 Argentina has banned effective from 14 July the production, importation, distribution and use of veterinary products that contain as an active principle Colistin and its salts. This prohibition is aimed at preserving the efficacy of colistin in the treatment of multi-resistant bacterial infections in humans, in light of the significant resistance levels that animals intended for human consumption have developed to this antibiotic. Read More

FSA: Survey into slaughter methods in England and Wales - report

17 February, 2019 This report is based on a survey the Food Standards Agency (FSA) carried out at all slaughterhouses operating in England and Wales during the period 29th January 2018 to 4th February 2018 inclusive. The survey focused on throughput, slaughter methods (including stun and non-stun slaughter) and some additional areas such as where the livestock is sourced from and where the meat is distributed to including exports.
Broiler chicken was by far the most commonly slaughtered species. Out of the 18 million broiler chickens slaughtered, approximately 70% were gas stunned and 10% were slaughtered using non-stun methods, almost all of which were non-stun Halal including.
Over 800,000 spent hens were sla Read More

Ultraprocessed food consumption and risk of mortality

16 February, 2019 French researchers published a study in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal that found for every 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods consumers eat, there is a 14% higher risk of early death. The study also found that consumption of ultra-processed foods has increased significantly over the last several decades to now more than 29% of total calories consumed. Most of these foods are ingested as snacks, desserts or ready-to-eat meals. Higher processed food consumption was linked to younger ages, lower incomes, lower educational levels, living alone, higher BMI's and lower physical activity levels. Read More

OIE: Annual report on antimicrobial agents

15 February, 2019 The OIE has taken the lead by creating a global database on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals, in the framework of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. The very encouraging findings of this third round of data collection were presented at the Second OIE Global Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance: Putting Standards into Practice, which was held in Marrakech, Morocco from 29 to 31 October 2018, and the detailed results are provided in this report. In this third round of data collection, 153 Member Countries (of 181 Member Countries) and 2 nonOIE Member Countries responded to the OIE questionnaire, with 76% (118 out of 155 countries) providing quantitative data on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals. Read More

UK: Antibiotic use and resistance in animals and people, 2013–2017

1 February, 2019 Antibiotic use:
- Based on use per ‘bodyweight’ (mg/kg: is the milligrams of active ingredient of antibiotics sold/used per kilogram of bodyweight of foodproducing animals or people in the UK), there was a reduction of 40% in food-producing animals (from 62 mg/kg to 37 mg/kg) and 9% in people (from 135 mg/kg to 123 mg/kg).
- In 2017, a total of 773 tonnes of antibiotic active ingredients was dispensed in the UK for use in people and animals. This represents an overall reduction of 19% between 2013 and 2017. Tonnage used dropped by 6% in people (521 to 491 tonnes) and by 35% in animals (436 to 282 tonnes) over this period.
- Use in people represented 55% of all use/sales in 2013 and 64% in 2017.
- Overall, 89% (17 tonnes) of highest priority critically important antibiotics (HP-CIAs) were used in people. Their use increased in people by 8% and decreased in animals by 51%. Read More

UK aims to cut antibiotics use in food-producing animals by 25%

25 January, 2019 The plan also sets out four measures of success to ensure progress towards our 20-year vision. These include, among others, targets to:
• halve healthcare associated Gram-negative blood stream infections;
• reduce the number of specific drug-resistant infections in people by 10% by 2025;
• reduce UK antimicrobial use in humans by 15% by 2024;
• reduce UK antibiotic use in food-producing animals by 25% between 2016 and 2020 and define new objectives by 2021 for 2025; Read More

Saudi Arabia suspends Brazil meatpackers

23 January, 2019 Saudi Arabia has revoked the export permits of 5 chicken plants in Brazil due to "technical" reasons, sending shares of top exporter BRF SA nearly 5 percent lower.
Saudi Arabia, Brazil's top buyer of fresh and processed chicken products, will maintain export permits for another 25 Brazilian chicken plants.
The move could be linked to the Brazilian government's intention to move Brazil's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Read More

Belgium bans non-stun slaughter

12 January, 2019 The slaughter of animals without pre-stunning is set to be significantly reduced in Belgium after a ban came into effect in the north of the country. The ban in the Flanders region of the country was put in place on New Year’s Day, following on from legislation that was passed by Belgium’s parliament in July 2017. Similar restrictions are expected to be implemented in the country’s Wallonia region from September. Read More

US Supreme Court rejects challenge to California foie gras ban

8 January, 2019 The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the latest challenge to California's ban on foie gras, a delicacy produced from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn.
The court declined to hear an appeal by producers of foie gras, including the Association des Eleveurs de Canards et d'Oies du Quebec, a Canadian nonprofit that represents duck and goose farmers. In doing so, the high court left intact a 2017 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the law.
California enacted the law in 2004 but it did not go into effect until 2012. The Supreme Court in 2014 rejected an earlier appeal brought by producers and restaurants. Read More