The Poultry Site – Naturally occurring hormones, such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, are essential for various physiological processes in humans and animals. Throughout history, these naturally occurring hormones have been making their way into the environment, posing the risk of contamination.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified certain environmental contaminants as a global concern. These contaminants are capable of harming reproduction and development by altering endocrine functions in humans and wildlife. As the human population grows and livestock production becomes more concentrated, the quantity and concentration of hormones within local areas increases.
As a result, many of us in the poultry field hear the same question with increasing frequency: “Why do you put hormones in the feed to make chickens grow so big and fast?” The fact that the question begins with “why” instead of “do” indicates the level of confusion and misunderstanding of the consuming public. The truth is no hormones have been allowed in poultry production for more than 50 years. Hormone use in poultry production was banned in the United States in the 1950s… >>Continue Reading<<
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By Gilberto Silber Schmidt
Labex Korea – Rural Development Administration (RDA) seems to meet required knowledge and constitutes a potential partner to integrate the Applied Biotechnology area for human and animal feed additives, health and welfare.
The bio prospection of Brazilian resources for new metabolites (enzymes) for food and feed application is relevant because Brazil is one of the main animal protein producer and investments in this area could work in favor of a less expensive production and/or more sustainable production systems associated to a healthier and tastier food.
The Poultry Site – The livestock sector is one of the fastest growing sub-sectors of the agricultural economy, and faces several unprecedented and concomitant challenges, according to the FAO report, Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Pig and Chicken Supply Chain. The sector needs to respond to the increasing demands for livestock products that are arising from population growth and changing consumer preferences. It also has to adapt to changes in the economic and policy contexts, and in the natural environment upon which production depends. At the same time, it has to improve its environmental performance and mitigate its impact on climate.
The Poultry Site – This week’s news in the global poultry markets has included some significant developments in terms of the food safety risks from poultry meat.
One key area was whether changes to poultry meat inspection will improve global standards in terms of meat quality and food safety.
The question of the efficiency and efficacy of poultry meat inspection has been addressed on both sides of the Atlantic recently.
In the EU last year, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion on the existing inspection procedures in poultry slaughterhouses and came to the conclusion that the simple visual inspection is not sufficient at a time when concerns over pathogens such as Salmonella and Campylobacter are rising.
CHINA – The bird flu scare and the economic slowdown hit the sales of some Western fast-food chains in China last month.
Yum! Brands Inc’s same-store sales in China declined an estimated 13 per cent year-on-year in July, with a 16 per cent decrease at KFC and only three per cent growth at Pizza Hut, Yum! Brands said on Monday (12 August).
Meanwhile, McDonald’s Corp — Yum! Brands’ main rival — also saw a sales decrease in China.
The company said on 8 August that comparable sales in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa decreased 1.9 per cent in July, “reflecting negative results in Japan, Australia and China”. Continue reading
The Poultry Site – In a letter to the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases entitled ‘Human Deaths and Third-Generation Cephalosporin use in Poultry, Europe’, the experts say: “The number of avoidable deaths and the costs of health care potentially caused by third-generation cephalosporin use in food animals is staggering. Considering those factors, the ongoing use of these antimicrobial drugs in mass therapy and prophylaxis should be urgently examined and stopped, particularly in poultry, not only in Europe, but worldwide.”
Avicultura Industrial – The Laboratory of Applied Physics and Computational College of Animal Science and Food Engineering (FZEA) USP has developed a methodology using a wireless system (wireless network) that allows measuring the brain state of broilers during the slaughter process. The technology aims to establish a procedure for equivalence in relation to the requirements of the European Union (EU) the welfare of the birds during slaughter demonstrating, through EEG (Eletroenceéfalograma), the animal is unconscious and does not suffer in the process.