What's New ? - 2024

What's New ? - 2024

EFSA: The use of high expansion foam for stunning and killing poultry

Scientific Opinion 17 July, 2024 The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was requested to perform such assessment regarding high expansion foam using nitrogen for on-farm killing of pigs and poultry. Killing of poultry and pigs using inert gases, i.e. nitrogen and argon, is an approved method but the use of high expansion foam as a vehicle to carry nitrogen and displace atmospheric air in a container and the use of nitrogen jet stream to destroy the foam and release its content to create anoxia are considered a modification of the approved method. Read More

USDA: $110M in meat and poultry processing to strengthen food supply chain

12 July, 2024 The Biden-Harris Administration is making investments that will strengthen American food supply chains, increase independent meat and poultry processing capacity, create more, new and better markets for producers, and lower food costs. USDA is investing nearly $110 million through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) and the Local Meat Capacity (Local MCap) Grant Program.
The investments are part of USDA’s efforts to create a more competitive agricultural system, advance President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, and support the Administration’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, which dedicates resources to expand independent processing capacity. Together these actions help to lower food costs by spurring competition and strengthening supply chains. Read More

EU implements tariffs on Ukrainian eggs amid import surge

10 July, 2024 The European Union has imposed duties on eggs from Ukraine, activating an "automatic safeguard measure" as the volume of imports has already exceeded the agreed amount. The move is a consequence of the recent tweak – requested and obtained by France and Poland – to the temporary suspension of all tariffs and quotas on Ukraine’s agricultural exports after Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country in 2022. Read More

WOAH Report: Antimicrobial use rises in animals

8 May, 2024 The 2021 Annual Report on Antimicrobial Agents Intended for Use in Animals was published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) – encompassing 182 member states. This comprehensive report provides valuable insights into the use of antimicrobial agents in animals, including trends, analysis, and future developments.
In 2021, the total amount of antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals ranged between 81,084 and 88,927 tonnes, with tetracyclines being the most used antimicrobial agent globally, accounting for 35.6% of the total amount, followed by penicillins and polypeptides.
The number of participants providing data by antimicrobial class and animal group has increased over time, with 70 participants providing detailed data for 2021. Read More

Florida bans lab-grown meat

4 May, 2024 Florida has enacted laws prohibiting and penalizing the manufacturing and distribution of cell-cultivated meat, which is produced from animal cells within a controlled facility, statewide. This legislation aligns with similar measures in three other states -Alabama, Arizona, and Tennessee -that aim to halt the commercialization of lab-grown meat. Beef production dominates Florida's agricultural landscape, with the state ranking ninth in beef cattle production in 2024, boasting a population of 862,000. Nearly half of Florida's agricultural land is allocated to cattle farming. Read More

Zoetis sells feed additive portfolio to Phibro

1 May, 2024 Zoetis and Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement where Phibro Animal Health will acquire Zoetis’ medicated feed additive product portfolio, certain water soluble products and related assets for $350 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. This transaction is expected to be complete in the second half of calendar year 2024.The product portfolio is comprised of more than 37 product lines that are sold in approximately 80 countries and generated approximately $400 million in revenue in 2023. Read More

Dr. David Suarez honored with induction into ARS science hall of fame

USDA-ARS 30 April, 2024 he Agricultural Research Service (ARS) inducted Dr. David Suarez, Research Leader for the Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Disease Research Unit at the U.S. National Poultry Research Center, into its Science Hall of Fame for his outstanding research on avian influenza, Newcastle disease, and emerging zoonotic viruses.
ARS established the Hall of Fame program in 1986 to honor senior agency researchers for outstanding, lifelong achievements in agricultural science and technology. Nominees must be retired or eligible to retire to receive the award. Read More

Decline of 13% in U.S. poultry production and sales value

27 April, 2024 According to a new report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2023 was $67.1 billion, down 13 percent from $77.2 billion in 2022. Of the combined total, 64 percent was from broilers, 27 percent from eggs, 10 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens. The value of broilers produced during 2023 was $42.6 billion, down 16 percent from 2022. The total number of broilers produced in 2023 was 9.16 billion, down slightly from 2022. Read More

Scotland considers ban on enriched egg cages

3 April, 2024 The Scottish government has initiated a consultation regarding the prohibition of colony cages, alternatively termed as "enriched cages," utilized for hens in egg production. These replaced the previous barren cages in 2012. Battery cages for birds were outlawed in the UK in the same year.
However, in Scotland, over 1.1 million chickens are still housed in "enriched cages," which offer more space for nesting, roosting, and scratching compared to the smaller battery cages.
The Scottish government's inclination leans towards a ban on installing new cages starting from 2033, followed by a complete cessation of housing birds in enriched cages from 2034. The consultation additionally solicits opinions on prohibiting the use of enriched cages from 2030. Read More

USA: Egg prices are rising again

24 March, 2024 According to Nerdwallet, egg prices are once again on the upswing due to outbreaks of avian influenza. HPAI A(H5) viruses have been detected in U.S. wild aquatic birds, commercial poultry, and backyard or hobbyist flocks since January 2022, affecting more than 82 million birds across 48 states to date.
Nerdwallet cited the latest Consumer Price Index, which revealed a 5.8% increase in egg prices from January to February alone. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) additionally indicates that the average cost of a dozen Grade A eggs rose from $2.52 in January to $3 in February. Read More

USDA finalizes voluntary 'Product of USA' labeling rule

11 March, 2024 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced the finalization of a rule aimed at aligning the voluntary “Product of USA” label claim with consumers' understanding of its meaning. This final rule aims to ensure that consumers can trust the authenticity of the label when they see ‘Product of USA’, knowing that every step, from birth to processing, was carried out in America.
The USDA’s final “Product of USA” rule permits the voluntary use of the “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” label claim exclusively on meat, poultry, and egg products that originate from animals born, raised, slaughtered, and processed within the United States. The rule seeks to eliminate misleading U.S. origin labeling in the market, thereby ensuring that consumers receive truthful information about the origins of their food. Read More

EU: Residues & substances in animals & products - 2022 report

EFSA 11 March, 2024 A new report summarises the monitoring data collected in 2022 on the presence of residues of veterinary medicinal products and certain substances in live animals and animal products in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.
The main results in poultry:
For anticoccidials, 0.12% of the samples (15) analysed were non-compliant and in eggs 0.49% (28 samples). For antibacterials, six countries reported a total of 15 non-compliant samples and results. 16 non-compliant samples were reported under chemical elements (copper, cadmium, lead and zinc) by five countries. Read More

Americans to consume 1.45 billion chicken wings at Super Bowl

2 February, 2024 As per the National Chicken Council's 2024 Wing Report, Americans are expected to consume 1.45 billion wings while watching the Kansas City and San Francisco championship game.
This year's estimate remains steady compared to 2023, attributed to slightly lower chicken production levels and a 13% decrease in wing stocks in cold storage reported by the USDA in November compared to the previous year. This could account for the heightened demand and subsequent increase in wholesale wing prices. Read More

UK: Poultry farmers win landmark avian influenza compensation case

20 January, 2024 A significant legal victory has been achieved by a collective of NFU members in a groundbreaking case against the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). The case revolves around compensation for poultry farmers impacted by an outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) on their farms. With the backing of the NFU and its Legal Assistance Scheme, the poultry farmers effectively argued that the APHA had misconstrued the legal foundations of its compensation scheme. They contended that the agency failed to adequately compensate farmers whose birds were in good health at the time the decision was made to cull them. Read More

USA: Egg prices experience an upward trend

20 January, 2024 Egg prices are on the rise again and are expected to continue into the first part of 2024 due to a new outbreak of avian influenza. In December, the average cost of a dozen Grade A large eggs increased to $2.51 from $2.14 in November, marking an 8.9% jump. Despite this monthly increase, egg prices are still 23.8% lower than in December 2022.Prior to February 2022, the average dozen eggs had consistently remained below $2 since March 2016. However, prices more than doubled from the beginning of 2022, reaching a peak of $4.82 per dozen in January 2023. Although prices fell steadily afterward, they had not returned to pre-pandemic levels before experiencing another increase. The spike in egg prices is primarily attributed to the widespread outbreak of H5N1, which began in early 2022 and became the largest avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history. Read More

British Lion Eggs invests £1M in trust for marketing

10 January, 2024 In January 2024, a significant £1 million marketing campaign will kick off to highlight the advantages of British Lion eggs. Endorsed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for safe consumption in a runny state for all age groups, the initiative will convey messages of trust and inspiration through compelling content. This content will be disseminated by popular social influencers, safety and nutritional experts, and media partnerships. Read More