What's New ? - 2023

What's New ? - 2023

USA: Improving antibiotic stewardship in food-producing animals

18 September, 2023 Nearly 20 organizations focused on public health, environmental issues, and food safety collectively dispatched a letter to US legislators. Their primary objective was to advocate for amendments to federal legislation aimed at enhancing the responsible use of veterinary antibiotics.
The missive implores Senate leaders to revise the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), pinpointing specific modifications that would compel the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate and disclose the effectiveness of its efforts in overseeing the application of medically important antibiotics in livestock and poultry. Originally enacted in 2003, the ADUFA necessitates reauthorization every five years and is currently slated to expire on September 30. Read More

Brussels rethinks animal welfare plans over food cost concerns

14 September, 2023 The EU's proposed prohibition on the utilization of cages in agriculture has been postponed. Initially disclosed by the Financial Times, it was revealed that the EU is contemplating abandoning its intentions for more stringent animal welfare regulations, including the prohibition of caged farming. This reconsideration is prompted by the economic strain caused by rising cost of living, with potential consequences like the restriction of numerous imports from trade partners such as Brazil, Ukraine, and Thailand. Read More

Significance of eggs in eco-friendly diets

Nutrition Bulletin | 2023;48:400–410 22 August, 2023 A systematic review published in the Nutrition Bulletin offers a range of practical recommendations for transitioning to a diet that is more environmentally friendly. Drawing from a review encompassing 16 studies and 18 reviews, the findings suggest that it's feasible to achieve noteworthy reductions in greenhouse gas emissions without necessitating the complete exclusion of animal-derived foods. Instead, the emphasis lies on significantly curtailing their consumption.
Eggs present several advantages within the context of an eco-conscious diet. In contrast to other animal-based protein sources like beef, lamb, and dairy, eggs exhibit a lesser environmental footprint in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, land usage, and water consumption. Read More

Tesco boosts support for UK egg producers

4 August, 2023 Tesco has unveiled additional support measures for its British egg suppliers and producers amidst ongoing challenges in the market. These challenges stem from price hikes in essential inputs like feed and energy, as well as the impact of the avian flu outbreak. The comprehensive support package includes £13.6 million that Tesco has already extended to its suppliers and producers since March of this year. In addition, the company has committed to providing an extra £13.9 million of support until March 2023, with plans to continue assistance beyond that date. Read More

Australia: Global endorsement of caged egg phase-out by 2036

19 July, 2023 By 2036, Australia aims to completely eliminate caged eggs as part of its national guidelines for egg production. These guidelines require egg producers to phase out conventional cages for laying hens by 2036 at the latest. However, some industry leaders are concerned that the proposed timeline for transition is too rapid, potentially resulting in egg shortages and higher prices.
Leading supermarket chains, Woolworths and Coles, have already committed to ensuring that all the eggs they sell will be cage-free by 2025. Read More

Trans-Pacific Partnership raises concerns for British egg producers

16 July, 2023 The newly established CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement enables the importation of eggs from nations employing conventional battery cage systems, which have been prohibited in Britain for over ten years. Consequently, eggs of lower standards may be brought in from countries that rely on caged battery farms, such as Mexico. Leading figures in the industry have cautioned that this could undermine British egg producers who adhere to superior animal welfare and food safety standards outlined in the British Lion Code of Practice.
The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has criticized the government for engaging in a "race to the bottom" in terms of animal welfare standards, pointing out that conventional battery systems were banned in the UK in 2012. Read More

Tyson Foods to remove 'No Antibiotics Ever' label from select chicken products

5 July, 2023 Tyson Foods is reversing its decision by reintroducing specific antibiotics, 'ionophores', into its chicken supply chain. The company will no longer adhere to the "no antibiotics ever" label on certain chicken products.
Tyson Foods has announced its decision to reintroduce specific antibiotics into its chicken supply chain and eliminate the "no antibiotics ever" tagline from its Tyson-branded chicken products. Read More

Egg: Healthy or Risky?

Nutrients 2023 | 15, 2657 30 June, 2023 A review article of evidence from high quality studies on hen’s eggs.
Key findings:
Eggs are highly nutritious, accessible, and affordable, providing essential micronutrients often lacking in diets.
Evidence shows eggs have a positive or neutral impact on health markers, without posing risks in a balanced diet.
Eggs are a high-quality protein and micronutrient source for specific groups with high nutrient needs.
Conclusion: Eggs are a nutritious choice for a healthy, balanced diet. Read More

Rabdobank: World egg prices and supply

23 June, 2023 Nan-Dirk Mulder, a Senior Analyst at Rabobank, examined the scope and factors behind the fluctuating prices of eggs in a recent assessment of the global egg market supply, prices, and trends.
Global egg prices have reached historic highs, significantly impacting the global egg supply. It is uncertain how long this situation will last and whether there are ways to stabilize the supply. However, it is anticipated that prices will remain relatively high throughout 2023, particularly in markets heavily affected by avian influenza, high costs, and regulatory changes. While some markets may experience a slight decline in prices, they are not expected to return to pre-2021 levels due to persistent high input costs. To stabilize the markets, better value chain cooperation, including greater commitment from buyers to mitigate farmers' production risks, is considered a crucial tool. Read More

HPAI: Urgent need for humane approaches to mass killings

19 June, 2023 The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has submitted a petition to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging a revision of animal disease regulations. The petition calls for the implementation of audited emergency response plans, including humane depopulation strategies, as a prerequisite for compensating producers for losses during disease outbreaks. The Animal Health Protection Act grants the USDA the authority to order the depopulation of domestic bird flocks or other farmed animals to combat disease spread. In such cases, the USDA can indemnify producers for the loss of birds, eggs, and associated expenses related to depopulation and virus elimination activities.
Over the past 16 months, the United States and other countries have been confronted with an unprecedented highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak. Research suggests that the disease is becoming endemic in wild bird populations in Europe and may soon establish itself similarly in North America. Read More

Britain: High Court dismisses animal welfare claim about broiler chickens

25 May, 2023 The high court in England has dismissed a legal challenge regarding the use of rapidly growing chickens on farms. Animal welfare activists had raised concerns about these genetically-selected breeds, often referred to as 'Frankenchickens,' asserting that they suffer from severe health issues. The court examined the claims that the government had misinterpreted welfare regulations by permitting the farming of these chickens. The case was dismissed by the judge. Read More

A sex-determining system is installed in Norway's largest hatchery

13 May, 2023 At Norway's largest hatchery, Steinsland & Co, a system for determining the gender of chicks while still in the egg has been installed. The process is not only a professional and business requirement for the hatchery but also a growing demand from consumers in Norway.
The system, developed by the Dutch company respeggt, is able to determine the gender of the chick on the ninth day of incubation. Read More

Determining the gender of the chick using MRI method

11 May, 2023 In collaboration with Orben, Hendrix Genetics reports the launch of equipment for determining the gender of chicks while still in the egg using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and artificial intelligence. The method is effective for commercial-scale operations and has been implemented in the Mûr-de-Bretagne hatchery in France. Hendrix Genetics is the breeder of the Dekalb breed marketed in Israel, while Orben is a German company. The real-time sorting method can sort 24,000 eggs per hour and is based on sorting at day 12 of incubation using the Genus Focus machine, which is necessary for regulation in France and Germany promoting the prohibition of male chick culling at day-old. Read More

Dutch plans to buy out livestock farmers to reduce nitrogen pollution

9 May, 2023 The EU has given the green light to a €1.5 billion initiative by the Dutch government to reduce nitrogen emissions by purchasing farms from willing farmers. The scheme is part of the Netherlands' plan to cut nitrogen oxide and ammonia emissions by 50% nationwide by 2030, with intensive farming being a major contributor to high levels of these harmful substances.
The buyout program will target farms located near nature reserves, with around 3,000 farms expected to be eligible for compensation. The Dutch agricultural industry, which had exports worth €122.3 billion in 2022, is the second-largest in the world after the US.
The voluntary scheme is a departure from earlier government proposals to reduce livestock numbers, which had met with opposition from farmers who feared compulsory buyouts. Read More

Endless acquires poultry provider, Smithfield Murray

30 March, 2023 The acquisition of Smithfield Murray, a poultry processor, has been announced by the UK private equity firm, Endless. Smithfield, which was established in 1987, supplies prepared raw poultry products to manufacturers that subsequently distribute them to retail and foodservice channels. The acquisition will merge Smithfield with Yorkshire Premier Meat, Endless's other meat processor, resulting in a significant player in the UK's business-to-business protein supply. Read More

New Zealand bans battery cages

3 January, 2023 According to The Guardian Battery cages for layer hens will become illegal in New Zealand in 2023.
The plan to ban battery cages has been 10 years in the making - in 2012, the previous National party government committed to phasing them out by 1 January 2023.
New Zealand has 3.9 million hens for egg production. Read More

Egypt promotes benefits of eating chicken feet

1 January, 2023 The crippling economic crisis in Egypt has resulted in a massive rise in food prices and meat of all kinds, exceeding the worst-case forecasts. Coinciding with the 50 percent rise in poultry prices over the past few months, there have been widespread calls to buy chicken feet on the pretext that they contain a high percentage of protein. Read More