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Oct. 18, 2013 - In the U.S., the outbreak of Salmonella from raw chicken linked to three Foster Farms processing plants in central California is continuing to spread.As of last week, the outbreak has spread to 20 states and Puerto Rico, and has affected over 300 people, according to the…
Whenever you are on a long road trip, checking the rearview mirror or odometer to appreciate how far you have come can often provide a psychological lift. This is particularly true if you have kids in the back who repeatedly ask if you’re almost there. The answer is usually “not…
Unlike the rest of the country, where adoption of biosecurity protocols is voluntary, British Columbia’s poultry biosecurity program is mandatory for all commercial table egg, hatching egg, chicken and turkey producers in the province.B.C.’s four poultry marketing boards and commissions used their regulatory authority to make the industry-developed biosecurity program…
In 2003, I was looking forward to a visit from my Long Lost Uncle, who lives somewhere on the south part of New Zealand’s north island. I had only ever met him once, when I could barely form a sentence, so the whole thing was much anticipated.It never happened though.Not…
Jun. 13, 2013 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz recently received the report for the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall and tabled it in the House of Commons. "Canadian families need to have confidence in our food safety system, which is why our Government initiated this independent review,"said…
May 24, 2013, Beijing, China - The H7N9 bird flu virus has not been detected in poultry farms, with positive samples mainly coming from live poultry markets, according to China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The MOA said it has "basically" finished collecting and testing 899,758 samples from across most parts…
Apr. 16, 2013, Nanjing/Hangzhou - East China's Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces have reported eight new H7N9 infection cases, bringing the total number of H7N9 cases across the country to 71. Currently, 71 cases of the H7N9 strain of bird flu have been reported across China, including one in Beijing, 24…
The February 2011 issue of the CPRC update introduced a new avian influenza (AI) research program, initiated as part of the Poultry Science Cluster.* Since that time, scientists from across the country have been working collaboratively to answer the following questions about AI:How does AI virus adapt? Certain subtypes of…
Mar. 19, 2013, Ottawa, ON - Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) was awarded with full federal, provincial and territorial government recognition for its On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program (OFFSAP) at its annual meeting in Ottawa. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.…
Flies are everywhere and can cause increased stress to both animals and workers.  As urban development rapidly stretches into agricultural areas, the demand for effective fly control has become a large concern, especially in large numbers, where flies can cause considerable annoyance to the farmer and surrounding neighbours. Poultry barns…
Jan. 29, 2013 - Poultry producers can reduce bacterial cross-contamination in poultry cages by treating the cages with forced air that's been heated to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. While being transported in coops on trucks, poultry that have bacteria such…
Dec. 11, 2012, Toronto, ON - A new poll released by the Canadian Food Safety Alliance shows Canadians' concern for food safety has persisted, months after the XL Food recall. Canadians list food safety as one of their top concerns on par with concerns over the deficit. The survey also…
Salvador, in Bahia State, Brazil, was the venue for the XXIV World’s Poultry Congress in August 2012. Congresses have been held regularly since the first one in 1921, held in The Hague, the Netherlands. Canada has hosted the event twice, in 1927 and 2000. This year’s was the second Congress…
Nov. 7, 2012, Ottawa, ON - The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food has completed its review of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and has now referred it back to the House of Commons for Report Stage and Third reading. This brings the Government one step closer to strengthening…
Oct. 2, 2012, Tucker, GA - Antibiotic use in poultry production has been extremely effective in enhancing bird health and producing a wholesome, safe, and economical food supply. However, as consumers, industry professionals, and regulators seek to gain more understanding of how their food is produced, even the judicious use…

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