Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s largest meat and food producer, plans to substantially increase the production of poultry and pork in the Voronezh region by investing nearly RUB4 billion (US$107 million) in business development. Igor Babaev, chairman of the board of directors of Cherkizovo Group, made this announcement during a working meeting with Governor of Voronezh region Alexei Gordeev.
"By investing 4 billion rubles, we will substantially increase production levels,” Babaev said. “This prospect means further development, more jobs and higher wages, and will help ensure the country’s food security.”
Cherkizovo Group, Russia's largest meat and fodder manufacturer, has been present in the Voronezh region for eight years. During this time, the company has invested nearly RUB10 billion (US$268 million) in the regional economy, including the acquisition of Lisko Broiler earlier in 2014. Activities in the Voronezh region include poultry and commercial pork production, swine nucleus units, grain farming and fodder manufacturing. In 2013 alone, Cherkizovo produced 14,000 metric tons of pork, 95,000 metric tons of poultry and harvested nearly 103,000 metric tons of crops in the region.
Cherkizovo, Lisko Broiler to experience growth
Lisko Broiler will launch additional slaughtering lines in 2014, which will increase output by 15,000 metric tons in 2015. The company is preparing a construction program for new bird houses, which will provide another 10,000 metric tons of sellable weight in 2016.
Cherkizovo pork production expanding
Cherkizovo plans to build in the Voronezh region 7 feedlots with a total capacity of more than 35,000 metric tons of marketable pork per year in Voronezh Region in order to expand pork production. Implementing the project will enable Cherkizovo Group to triple pork output at regional facilities to more than 50,000 metric tons live weight per year.
Cherkizovo growing in feed sector
Cherkizovo is already building a feed mill with capacity of 375,000 metric tons per year in the Semiluksky District. Commissioning of the new feed mill will cover the increasing feed requirements of the group’s facilities.
Investment in the community
During the meeting with the governor, Babaev also announced that the company would allocate RUB1 million (US$26,764) to Lisko Municipal area as charitable assistance. The money will be directed to the needs of the Lisko home for the elderly and disabled.
Optimizing gut health in the young pig is the foundation for efficient growing-finishing performance, and helps to maximize producer profitability. A healthy gut is the pig’s first line of defense, not only against disease-causing organisms, but also against dietary challenges that could negatively impact the pig’s productive performance.
Pig nutritionists, research and development and operations directors, veterinarians, production managers, purchasing directors, commercial directors in pig integration and feed mill companies world-wide should attend.
During the webinar, we will take an in-depth look at the various criteria that comprise a “healthy” gut, examine aspects of digestive physiology of the young pig after weaning, working toward a better understanding of the various factors that can impact gut microbiota balance. The webinar will examine the effect that some dietary anti-nutrients can have on digestion in the young pig, their consequences for gut health, and how we can potentially alleviate them with appropriate in-feed additives, and also how to deal with challenges in young pig nutrition and gut health in an era of reduced use of antibiotic growth promoters.
Speakers for this webinar will be Dr. John Pluske and Dr. Gary Partridge.
Pluske is professor and Director of the Animal Research Institute at Murdoch University. He is the Australian-American Fulbright Commission Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Kansas State University, and a professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. He gained his qualifications at the University of Western Australia, graduating first with a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree and then a PhD, the subject of which was “Psychological and nutritional stress in pigs at weaning: Production parameters, the stress response, and histology and biochemistry of the small intestine.” He has since carried out post-doctoral studies on pig nutrition and health at the Department of Animal Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and the School of Veterinary Studies at Murdoch University, Western Australia. He has also worked at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, where he conducted research in pigs and chickens. Pluske returned to Murdoch University in Perth in 1999 and has since worked in several senior roles in the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences before assuming his current position. His current research is focused on swine nutrition and the digestive physiology of pigs, particularly piglets and weanling pigs, and also swine immune function and controlling enteric diseases in pigs without antimicrobials.
Partridge is global development and technical director at Danisco Animal Nutrition, specializing in swine. Before joining Danisco Animal Nutrition, he worked as a senior researcher at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland and then as a technical swine specialist in a premix company in the U.K. that later became a part of Nutreco. Partridge has penned numerous scientific peer-reviewed papers and abstracts, as well as many trade press articles. He has also given many invited presentations on feed enzyme technology and betaine application in farm animal nutrition at seminars and conferences around the world. A member of the British Society of Animal Science and the Nutrition Society, he is co-editor of the textbook “Enzymes in Farm Animal Nutrition.”
The city council in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is considering requiring that Sanderson Farms hire contractors from Cumberland County to build a proposed chicken processing plant and once the plant is built, hire mostly Cumberland County residents to staff the plant. The hiring requirements would be part of an incentives package offered to Sanderson Farms as it considers building its plant outside of Fayetteville in Cumberland County, according to a report in the Fayetteville Observer.
Neither the city nor the county have finalized incentives proposals as Sanderson considers building a $113 million plant at the now vacant Cedar Creek Business Center, a 485-acre industrial park owned by Cumberland County. The property was recently annexed by the City of Fayetteville.
If the local hiring requirements are approved, it would be a first for the city. The city and county governments have long encouraged that new construction projects utilize local companies, but that encouragement has never been in a binding form.
Officials know that the local hiring stipulations, if accepted, would be good for the local economy. However, they are also aware that it could be a deal-breaker for the new plant.
"The company could accept or decline an incentives offer made subject to those conditions," said Cumberland County Attorney Rick Moorefield.
September is National Food Safety Education Month, and in observance of that the Partnership for Food Safety Education, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is helping consumers get the facts behind common myths about cross contamination and the growth of harmful pathogens that cause food poisoning. Throughout the month, the partnership is reaching out to health educators and consumers to remind them that harmful pathogens that can make them sick can be transfeered from contaminated hands and surfaces to food.
To help with the education efforts, the partnership is sharing the following home foods myths and facts:
MYTH: Cross contamination doesn’t happen in the refrigerator -- it is too cold in there for germs to survive.
Fact: Some bacteria can survive and even grow in cool, moist environments like the refrigerator. In fact, Listeria monocytogenes grows at temperatures as low as 35.6 F. A recent study from NSF International revealed that the refrigerator produce compartment was one of the “germiest” places in the kitchen, containing Salmonella and Listeria. In your refrigerator, keep fresh fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Clean your refrigerator regularly with hot water and soap and clean up food and beverage spills immediately to reduce the risk of cross-contamination in your refrigerator. Don’t forget to clean refrigerator walls and undersides of shelves.
MYTH: It’s OK to wash bagged greens if I want to. There's no harm.
Fact: Your intuition says giving bagged greens labeled “ready-to-eat,” “washed,” or “triple washed” an extra rinse couldn’t possibly hurt. However, rinsing of ready-to-eat greens will not enhance safety, but could increase the potential for cross-contamination. Pathogens that may be on your hands or on kitchen surfaces could find their way onto your greens in the process of handling them. Ready-to-eat greens have been commercially prepared with your safety and convenience in mind.
MYTH: It’s only important to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables for safety. I don't need to dry them too.
Fact: Using a clean cloth or paper towel to blot dry fresh fruits and vegetables after rinsing is more important than people might realize. Research has found this drying step further reduces the level of harmful bacteria on the surface of fresh produce. Take a two-step approach to cleaning your produce. First, just before use, rinse under running water only the fruits and vegetables you plan to eat, including those with skins or rinds that are not eaten. Second, dry fruits and vegetables with a clean cloth or paper towel.
MYTH: I don't need to rinse this melon for safety -- the part I eat is on the inside
Fact: You’re not eating the rind of the melon, but there are many ways for pathogens on the outside of the melon to contaminate the edible portion. A knife or peeler passing through the rind can carry pathogens from the outside into the flesh of the melon. The rind also touches the edible portion when cut fruit is arranged or stacked for serving and garnish. Play it safe and rinse your melon under running tap water while rubbing with your hands or scrubbing with a clean brush. Dry the melon with a clean cloth or paper towel. Once you’ve used a towel to wipe hands or surfaces, it can look clean and still contain harmful bacteria.
Educational materials available
The partnership has made free, downloadable materials for educators and consumers available as part of Home Food Safety Mythbusters. A consumer flyer of each myth, a PowerPoint quiz, and other consumer-friendly tools can be found online.
Food & Water Watch has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the federal government from implementing the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules. The group alleges the new poultry inspection rules would turn over key food safety inspection functions to poultry companies and would limit oversight by USDA inspectors.
The new rule is slated to become effective October 20. It requires poultry companies to take measures to prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination, rather than addressing contamination after it occurs. It also requires for the first time that all poultry facilities perform their own microbiological testing at two points in their production process to show they are controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter. These requirements are in addition to testing from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS estimates that the new rule, when enforced, will prevent up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.
However, Food & Water Watch has filed the suit because it believes the new poultry inspection rule will not protect the consumers.
“These rules essentially privatize poultry inspection, and pave the way for others in the meat industry to police themselves,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The USDA’s decision to embrace the scheme — an initiative lobbied for by the meat industry for more than a decade — flies in the face of the agency’s mandate to protect consumers. What’s more, we believe it’s illegal.”
In its lawsuit, Food & Water Watch claims the new inspection system violates the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), a law passed in 1957 that gives USDA the authority to protect consumer health and welfare by assuring that poultry products are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled and packaged. The organization alleges that NPIS violates a number of statutory requirements, including the PPIA’s prescription that federal government inspectors, and not poultry slaughter establishment staff, are responsible for condemning adulterated young chicken and turkey carcasses. The suit states that the NPIS rules also violate the PPIA’s requirement that federal inspectors supervise slaughter establishment reprocessing, which is done to avoid the condemnation of adulterated birds.
The suit is being brought by Food & Water Watch, on behalf of itself and its members, and includes two other individual plaintiffs: Margaret Sowerwine and Jane Foran. Defendants include U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other officials from USDA and FSIS.
Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) has approved a new program to support the increasing Ontario consumer demand for alternative breeds of chicken. The new program will create exciting opportunities for the specialty chicken value chain -- hatcheries, farmers, distributors and retailers of specialty breeds of chicken -- to support current and emerging consumer markets.
CFO's specialty breeds chicken program was developed to bring Ontario into alignment with the national Chicken Farmers of Canada specialty breeds policy. The new program specifies that two common breeds of specialty chicken will now be included under this program: Frey's special dual purpose chickens and Silkie chicken. These breeds are processed with "head and feet on" and are popular with many of Ontario's growing ethnocultural consumer communities.
"We are extremely pleased to offer this innovative specialty breeds chicken program which will provide a significant growth opportunity for the Ontario chicken industry," said Henry Zantingh, chairman of CFO. "Ontario's demographics are changing rapidly and the demand for different types of chicken has been growing as well."
"While Silkies and Frey's special dual purpose chicken breeds have been available for sale in Ontario for some time, the market for these products has been underdeveloped," noted Rob Dougans, president and CEO of CFO. "Providing business opportunities for those interested in meeting these markets will better serve specialty breed consumers and create new growth opportunities for the Ontario chicken industry."
Under the new system, those interested in becoming a specialty breeds program chicken farmer will submit an application to CFO for the opportunity to grow a certain allotment of chicken. Farmers and processors and other value chain partners involved in marketing specialty breeds chicken will receive the benefits of operating under a new regulated system.
CFO will be holding information briefing sessions for individual farmers and industry value chain participants in communities across Ontario in the near future and applications for growing specialty breed chicken are now being accepted for 2015.
An outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in the Netherlands has been resolved, according to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak originated in March and had affected a farm in Bruchem, Gelderland.
An estimated 10,541 birds were susceptible in the outbreak, which was confirmed after testing was done by scientists from the national laboratory at the Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad. While no birds died in the avian influenza outbreak, all susceptible birds were destroyed. The origin of the outbreak was listed as unknown or inconclusive.
Once the outbreak was reported, a 1 kilometer protection zone – which included eight other premises -- was established. All of those premises within that zone were screened, and no further infections of H5N2 avian influenza occurred at other farms within the zone. Other protective measures taken included movement control within the country.
Issuing an updated report on September 10, the OIE stated that the outbreak appears to be resolved, and that no further reports concerning the avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands would be made.
Prior to the March outbreak, the most recent case of low pathogenic avian influenza reported in the Netherlands occurred in June, 2013, according to the OIE.