News & Updates

  • Free-egg derogation extended in Europe
    The confinement period for free range hens for veterinary reasons in the European Union has been extended from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The so-called derogation period allows eggs from these birds to be marketed as “free-range”, even if the hens have been confined in the house due to a significant disease threat, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). ... read more
    Published on 2017-11-22
  • Avian flu returns to South Korea’s poultry sector
    After an absence of just a few months, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has returned to the commercial poultry sector of South Korea, and there have been new outbreaks of the disease in South Africa, Italy, Taiwan and Bulgaria. ... read more
    Published on 2017-11-19
  • Italy loses another 230,000 birds to avian flu
    With the number of outbreaks nationwide so far this year rising to 76, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to inflict significant damage on Italy’s poultry sector. There have also been new cases in a commercial ducks flock in Taiwan. ... read more
    Published on 2017-11-12
  • New avian flu cases reported in poultry in Europe, China
    In the last week, new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported in poultry in Italy and Russia, while the infection has returned to Bulgaria, and wild birds have tested positive for the virus in Germany and Cyprus. South Africa’s government is seeking solutions to its HPAI situation, and a Chinese village broiler flock has been lost to the disease. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-29
  • Aviagen first U.S. poultry primary breeder to achieve compartment certification
    Aviagen, the global poultry genetics leader, has become the first poultry breeding company in the U.S. to be certified as an Avian Influenza Clean Compartment. The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) established the program to set standards for protection against avian influenza (AI) in primary poultry breeding companies. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-25
  • Avian flu leads South Africa to consider egg imports
    Since highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) arrived in South Africa in June, an estimated 15 percent of the country’s layer flock has succumbed to the disease, and the authorities are considering the need for future egg imports. Italy has also reported new outbreaks of HPAI among its poultry flocks, and low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has returned to The Netherlands. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-22
  • Italy reports 50 avian flu outbreaks so far this year
    Since first reporting the disease in January of this year, Italy’s health ministry has recently reported the country’s 50th outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry, while new cases have also been confirmed in the last week in South Africa and Taiwan. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-15
  • Northern Ireland launches avian flu text alert service
    Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a new text alert service to inform poultry producers of any disease outbreaks. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-13
  • Be vigilant about avian flu as bird migrations begin
    Poultry producers in the United States are being advised to become vigilant for signs of avian influenza as wild birds are beginning their fall migrations. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-12
  • South Africa struggles to control avian flu
    While highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to add to the pressure on South Africa’s already troubled poultry industry, new outbreaks of the disease have also been reported in recent weeks in Taiwan, Vietnam and Italy. ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-08
  • 2017 Live Production, Welfare and Biosecurity Seminar: Keeping birds healthy
    Industry leaders from around the world recently gathered in Nashville for the 2017 Live Production, Welfare and Biosecurity Seminar. This year’s seminar was a collaboration between the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and United Egg Producers (UEP). ... read more
    Published on 2017-10-05
  • USPOULTRY Foundation approves $125,000 in new avian influenza research
    The USPOULTRY Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication. The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down as a humane depopulation method. ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-28
  • UK officially free from avian influenza – Meat & Poultry (registration)
    Meat & Poultry (registration)UK officially free from avian influenzaMeat & Poultry (registration)Tests confirmed 13 cases of avian influenza in kept poultry between December 2016 and June 2017. The Animal and Plant Health Agency implemented movement restrictions to limit the spread… ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-14
  • Africa’s avian influenza battle continues
    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus has been detected in poultry in South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan and Italy over the last week, and there has been one confirmed new case in a human patient in China. ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-10
  • Flu confusion blamed for Myanmar’s poultry sector woes
    Apparently confused by the two types of influenza virus circulating in Myanmar, consumers have been buying less poultry, leading local chicken and egg producers to call for government support. ... read more
    Published on 2017-09-06