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Bird flu rav­aging Rus­sia

Afur­ther six out­breaks of highly pathogenic avian in­fluenza in cen­tral Rus­sia and the dis­cov­ery of in­fected poul­try in re­tail stores has sent shock waves through the coun­try’s poul­try in­dus­try.

Ros­selkhoz­nad­zor, Rus­sia’s vet­eri­nary au­thor­ity, re­port­edly found sev­eral batches of turkey in­fected with bird flu on su­per­mar­ket shelves. The prod­uct was sourced from the Eurodon poul­try farm, which was the sub­ject of an out­break in April, although the com­pany has pointed to po­ten­tial sab­o­tage as the rea­son, say­ing that it prac­tices the most ad­vanced safety tech­nolo­gies and bi­o­log­i­cal con­trol at its fa­cil­i­ties.

The lat­est bird flu out­breaks have been recorded in Kransnodar Krai, Ud­murt, Bashko­r­tostan, Chu­vash and Tatarstan, where fol­low­ing de­tec­tion in early May, more than 450 000 birds have been culled at the Lai­shevo poul­try plant.¡

New slaugh­ter­house for Poland

As part of its ex­pan­sion plans, Poland’s QFG has started work on a new 40-mil­lion Euro poul­try slaugh­ter­house with a ca­pac­ity of 270,000 head in 24 hours. The new fa­cil­ity will cre­ate around 600 jobs, and pre­pare the com­pany for ag­gres­sive ex­pan­sion into EU mar­kets as well as cater for the lo­cal mar­ket.

QFG’S prod­uct range con­sists of pro­cessed meat prod­ucts in­clud­ing sausages,

steaks, strips, burg­ers, wings and wrapped medal­lions, all of which will be pro­duced at the new plant, sit­u­ated in the Tarnobrzeg special eco­nomic zone.¡

More scan­dal hits Brazil

Hot on the heels of the ‘rot­ten meat’ ex­posé comes the news that seven ex­ec­u­tives of Brazil­ian meat­packer JBS have been fined a to­tal of US$225 mil­lion in a plea bar­gain re­lated to their role in a cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing govern­ment of­fi­cials and politi­cians.

Those im­pli­cated in­clude the bil­lion­aire Batista broth­ers, who have agreed to fully co­op­er­ate with author­i­ties as part of the deal.

An­other Brazil­ian meat­packer, Min­erva Foods, is also co­op­er­at­ing with fed­eral author­i­ties who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing cor­rup­tion in­side the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion en­ti­tled ‘Oper­a­tion Lucas’ is look­ing into al­le­ga­tions span­ning six years re­lat­ing to agribusi­nesses brib­ing of­fi­cials for pro­tec­tion, which in­cluded de­lay­ing or can­celling fines.¡

Three years to dou­ble pro­duc­tion

A ma­jor Aus­tralian poul­try pro­ducer is set to dou­ble its meat pro­duc­tion in three years fol­low­ing a US$51 mil­lion in­vest­ment to build a leadingedge feed­mill and hatch­ery in the western part of the coun­try.

The move forms part of the In­g­ham’s Group’s ex­pan­sion strat­egy that will move pro­duc­tion from its ex­ist­ing base to the new site, and al­low the com­pany to dou­ble the vol­ume of chicken pro­duced in the next three years. The project will also cre­ate an­other 1 000 work op­por­tu­ni­ties in ad­di­tion to the 8 000 peo­ple al­ready em­ployed.¡

US probes poul­try prices

Fol­low­ing sev­eral civil law­suits filed last year in Illi­nois that sev­eral chicken pro­ces­sors had col­luded to fix prices, the Florida at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice has be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Tyson Foods and Pil­grim’s Pride.

Tyson Foods is al­ready un­der fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly con­spir­ing to raise the price of poul­try. In an­other ac­tion, the com­pany, to­gether with other pro­duc­ers, is fac­ing a class ac­tion law­suit from a group of chicken farm­ers who claim that the com­pa­nies have col­luded not to com­pete for the ser­vices of farm­ers to raise chick­ens.¡

United stance on an­timi­cro­bials

Fol­low­ing its April meet­ing, the In­ter­na­tional Poul­try Coun­cil (IPC) has pub­lished a united po­si­tion state­ment on the re­spon­si­ble use of on-farm an­tibi­otics. This is in re­sponse to in­creas­ing pres­sure on the poul­try in­dus­try re­gard­ing the use of an­timi­cro­bials.

“The IPC ac­knowl­edges an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance is a global con­cern and that the poul­try in­dus­try must adopt man­age­ment prac­tices that re­duce the use of this an­timi­cro­bials for which re­sis­tance could pose the great­est global risk,” said IPC pres­i­dent Jim Sum­ner.

The state­ment sets out safe­guards for the ef­fi­cacy of an­timi­cro­bial use while con­sid­er­ing fac­tors re­lat­ing to an­i­mal wel­fare, re­sis­tance, food safety and other con­sumer con­cerns.¡

AI up­sets Ukrainian ex­ports

Nine out­breaks of highly pathogenic avian in­fluenza have been recorded in the Ukraine since late last year, with sev­eral coun­tries sub­se­quently im­pos­ing re­stric­tions and ban­ning poul­try and egg im­ports from the coun­try.

While ma­jor poul­try re­gions were un­af­fected, the out­breaks cre­ated havoc among poul­try ex­ports, with full bans im­posed by Ye­men, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and China, and re­stric­tions from the EU, Saudi Ara­bia, Hong Kong UAE, Moldova and Be­larus.

Although it has been months since the last recorded out­break, Volodimir Lapa, head of the Ukraine’s State Food and Con­sumers Ser­vice, said AI risks will be in­creased in the com­ing months due to the spring mi­gra­tion of wild birds.¡

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