BioSafe 20th Anniversary

BioSafe Systems adds to Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT –BioSafe Systems is proud to welcome William Varner to the Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (MPS) team as Technical Sales Representative. Working from his home office in Raleigh, NC William will be responsible for generating Animal Health distribution and sales opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic.

Holding a degree Poultry Science from North Carolina State University, Will comes to us with a versatile background in the poultry and waste water industries. Most recently Will worked as a Technical Sales/Service Specialist at a bio-solids residuals management company where he oversaw company compliance, managed teams in the field, and new client acquisition.

BioSafe is excited to welcome Will to the team. For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

BioSafe Promotes Regional Sales Manager to Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Market Segment Manager

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the promotion of Dean Allen from Regional Sales Manager to Market Segment Manager for the Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (MPS) division. Dean has been working with BioSafe Systems since April 2017 and during that time has proven to be an effective leader and sales team member. Dean’s new responsibilities will include overseeing the MPS sales and marketing team, implementing national strategies for animal health and intervention sales, and guiding the company to ongoing opportunities.

BioSafe Systems is one of the country’s largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid with four manufacturing locations across the U.S. Our product line covers a wide array of agricultural applications including water treatments, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention, insecticides, and herbicides

BioSafe Systems Introduces New PAA Production for Poultry Processing

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe Systems is introducing a new type of peroxyacetic acid production to the poultry market.  Trademarked as OxyFusion this on-demand system can produce peroxyacetic acid with a neutral pH as well as caustic and acidic pH values to help provide innovative solutions for poultry interventions. This proprietary system has been developed in conjunction with a technology partner under an exclusive agreement for BioSafe to introduce this revolutionary new product.

OxyFusion technology has been approved and awarded an FCN for poultry carcasses, parts, and organs for all meat, poultry, and fish intervention applications.  “This new technology is a perfect complement to our existing line of PAA product solutions,” states Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of both EPA and FDA-registered peroxyacetic acid (PAA) products in North America. With four manufacturing facilities located in Nevada, Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan BioSafe can provide sustainable disease control to animal health, meat/poultry processing and egg industries across the United States.

For questions about this press release, please call 888-273-3088.

BioSafe Systems Introduces New Technology for PAA Monitoring in Poultry Processing

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe Systems announces that it will be introducing new technology to monitor PAA concentrations in water used for poultry processing chiller applications. The BioChambersystem is designed for real-time monitoring of chiller process waters with high pH levels that would typically damage standard probe technology.

The BioChamberis designed to read PAA ppm levels in the chiller process water in real-time and communicates with the pump controller to maintain desired levels of intervention chemistry. This system allows the chiller to automatically increase or decrease the amount of PAA being introduced into the process water, regardless of pH levels, while at the same time datalogging all operations in an easy to download file.

For questions about this press release please call 888-273-3088.

BioSafe Systems adds to Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is proud to welcome Jeffrey Madewell to the Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (MPS) team as Technical Manager. Working in Fayetteville, AR Jeff will be responsible for assisting the MPS and Animal Health team in developing a ‘Farm to Table’ strategy and offering support for corporate sales initiatives. Jeff’s focus will be on aiding BioSafe’s Technical Service team with the coordination of routine service visits and managing details for the installation of on-site equipment.

Holding a degree Hospitality Administration from Arkansas Technical University, Jeff comes to us with a versatile background within the food safety sales and hospitality industries. Most recently Jeff worked with Zep, Inc. where he spent the last seven years supplying sanitation, chemical, and maintenance solutions to food manufacturers.

BioSafe is excited to welcome Jeff to the team. For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

 

Justin Nguyen joins BioSafe Systems

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe announces the strategic hire of Justin Nguyen as Food Safety Sales Representative. Justin will be covering all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.

Justin will be based out of Massachusetts and work closely with BioSafe Systems’ customers and team members to provide on-site assessment and improvement to food safety quality and process enhancement programs. Justin received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology and earned his Masters of Science degree from Sacred Heart University. He holds several professional certifications including HACCP, SQF Systems Implementation, BRC Systems Implementation, and USDA/FDA Labeling. Justin has worked as the Director of Quality Assurance for many food and seafood processing companies and most recently as an outside Food Safety Consultant for SGS North America.

BioSafe is excited to welcome Justin to the team. For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

Cleaner Water, Healthier Birds

By Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems

With public consumers’ changing opinions on the use of antibiotics there is increased pressure for producers to find new ways to grow healthy flocks. The value of a clean, safe water supply is an often-overlooked resource in poultry production.

Chickens intake almost twice as much water as they do feed and the more they grow, the more water they drink. On average, daily water consumption can range from one to ten gallons per 1,000 birds depending on the season. Warmer months provide the perfect conditions for water infections like algae, bacteria, and fungi to become established along with the formation of biofilms which can harbor pathogens that can affect overall water quality as well as reduce the flow of water

Dissolved minerals can contribute to the growth of biofilms and increase the possibility of blockages. Even a low-grade build-up of mineral residue can limit water flow and result in less-than-adequate consumption for optimal bird growth and feed conversion.

Water tests performed by a reputable lab can be an invaluable tool for identifying the source of performance problems. On-farm tests can also be helpful for monitoring and improving water quality.  These tests will not only indicate levels of biological contaminants and dissolved minerals but will help to identify when increased treatment options should be enacted to correct problems.

Traditional chemistries used to treat water may not be up to the modern-day task. Chlorine and hydrogen peroxide historically have performed poorly on removing mineral build-ups. Methods used in various industries such as food processing and dairies may provide some answers. Products specially formulated to dissolve and liquefy minerals are best used in conjunction with high-level products with proven efficacy in eradicating biofilms as well as sanitizing and disinfecting the water supply. Peracetic acid based chemistries are quickly becoming the sought-after method for eliminating water system impurities. They can be used in all seasons, leave no residue, and are proven effective against algae, bacteria, and biofilms.

The use of these simple, yet effective systems and biofilm treatment products will keep water quality high, reduce latent infections, and ultimately increase production on all levels.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peracetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to customers within the animal health, meat/poultry processing and egg industries.

Pew: Evidence-based Food Safety Interventions Will Reduce Human Illnesses from Contaminated Meat and Poultry

Published with permission by Food Safety Magazine. Originally posted on August 21, 2017.

A new study released by Pew Charitable Trusts, entitled “Food Safety from Farm to Fork”, has determined a few ways to prevent meat from becoming contaminated while on the farm. According to a statement, Pew believes that “wider use of evidence-based food safety interventions on farms and feedlots would significantly reduce the risk of people getting sick from contaminated meat and poultry”.

“An effective food safety system includes measures to prevent contamination at every step along the meat and poultry supply chain. More can and should be done on farms and feedlots,” says Sandra Eskin, Pew’s director of the safe food project.

Pew’s suggested contamination prevention methods include:

  • Meat producers incorporating “pre-harvest intentions” (ie. ensuring that water and feed are clean; administering vaccines and other preventive treatments) for poultry, cattle and swine in their health management programs.
  • Meat and poultry facilities should be armed with sufficient levels of biosecurity, along with improved pathogen eradication programs.
  • Agencies that provide funding should invest in monies geared toward best practices, field trials and vaccination research.
  • Federal bodies should begin offering incentives for facilities that implement successful intervention strategies.

Overall, the report dissects various ways that foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli could be prevented at the farm level. Pew cites that contaminated meat and poultry products are responsible for an estimated 2 million illnesses in the U.S. each year.

Using Integrated Pest Management for Broiler Houses

Published with permission by Poultry Times. Originally printed on September 9, 2017.

By Dr. Claudia Dunkley – Special to Poultry Times

TIFTON, Ga. — Poultry farm bio-security involves a comprehensive range of management procedures put in place to limit or eliminate the introduction of infection into the operation. A good biosecurity program in any broiler operation should always include an integrated pest management (IPM) program.

Simply put, an IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. The lifecycle of the pest in combination with available pest control methods is used to manage and control pest damage. This is accomplished by using the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to the birds, people and the environment. If IPM is neglected it can have a negative impact on production and flock health as pests in and around the poultry farm are reservoirs for a number of disease organisms.

An IPM program for a broiler facility must be implemented on a farm by farm basis as no set program will fit all situations on all farms. Each farm will have to design a program to suit their facility based on a thorough inspection of the facility and the problems that are identified.

The pests of most concern:

• Rodents (specifically rats and mice) and raccoons

• Insects (specifically darkling beetles and flies)

• Wild flocks (specifically migratory birds and water fowls)

• Straying backyard flocks and pets

Rodents are major reservoirs and vectors of Salmonella spp. for poultry. They rapidly increase the concentration of salmonella in the environment and can effectively transmit the infection to other houses and other farms. A good IPM for rodents should prevent access to feed, water and shelter.

Buildings should be constructed to make the facilities rodent proof. Eliminate the potential for harborage inside and outside the poultry house. All vegetation should be at least 50 feet away from the buildings as high grass and shrubs provides a place for rodents to nest and hide allowing undetected access to the house. Dead birds should be promptly and properly disposed of. Unused or spilled feed should be removed and cleaned up or securely stored. Houses and storage areas should be managed and sanitized properly. Houses should be inspected regularly for pests and new entry points.

Baits and traps should be strategically placed on the farm and around the houses and these traps and baits should be checked daily. The insect pests most frequently found on poultry farms are flies, darkling beetles, ants and cockroaches.

While ants and cockroaches are more easily controlled with insecticides, flies and darkling beetles are not as easily controlled and are the insect pests that broiler producers are most concerned about. Darkling beetles have been found to carry over five different serotypes of salmonella which they can shed in their droppings for up to 28 days. They can also harbor fungi and viruses. Avian coccidiosis is caused by protozoans which do not survive well in poultry litter. However, they survive as oocysts which are ingested by the beetles which may then be ingested by the birds.

While darkling beetles act as vectors that can transmit disease causing organisms to chickens, the most serious impact that these beetles can have on the broiler farm is the structural damage that they can cause to the houses. The migration of the beetle larvae into the insulation for pupation results in extensive damage. Application of insecticides to the structure, including the floor, after cleaning can assist in lowering the beetle survival.

Flies are not as much of a problem in broiler facilities as they are in breeder facilities. In the broiler houses some fly breeding may occur especially in areas of wet litter. Excessive numbers of flies can be an annoyance to workers and can result in negative neighbor relations as the flies migrate and disperse to nearby homes and businesses. Flies defecate and regurgitate regularly resulting in spotting on equipment, structure and also on light fixtures causing a reduction in illumination levels. For fly control, cultural, biological and chemical approaches have been used. For the broiler facility, cultural and chemical approaches are the most suitable methods.

Cultural methods would include keeping the litter as dry as possible. Proper ventilation can help to accomplish this. The birds watering system should be monitored and maintained to minimize leaks. Wet litter should be removed to reduce breeding of flies in the house. Fly bait and other fly control chemicals can be selectively applied to the interior and upper portion of the poultry house where flies rest. It is important to note that house flies will develop resistance to insecticides very quickly; therefore the rotation of insecticides with differing chemical bases is advised. It is important to note that all warm and cold blooded animal species are potential carriers of Salmonella spp. and therefore can introduce them to poultry houses.

Houses should be constructed to deny access to all animals and birds and also to prevent birds from perching on the houses. Strays from backyard flocks should not be encouraged on the farm. All spilt feed should be cleaned up at once. Pets such as dogs and cats should not be allowed access to the poultry house. Dead birds should be properly and promptly disposed of as delay may encourage scavengers. Cats have been used as a biological control for rodents but this should not be done. Cats kept from one flock to the next can serve as carriers of salmonellas and Pasteurella multicoda (causes fowl cholera). In order for a biosecurity program to be successful, it must include a successful IPM program.

In order for an IPM to succeed all individuals who are associated with the facility (including managers, flock supervisors, contract farmers, farm hands, vets etc.) must adhere to the program, it is a team effort. The program should be periodically reviewed and adjustments made where necessary.

Dr. Claudia S. Dunkley is an Extension poultry scientist/specialist with the University of Georgia’s Poultry Science Department at the university’s Tifton, Ga., campus

US Chicken Consumption Remains at All-Time High, Growth Tempers Somewhat

Published with permission by the National Chicken Council. Originally posted on July 18, 2017.

Nine in ten consumers purchase chicken regularly

Asheville, NC – U.S. consumers report their chicken consumption remains high although 2017 levels have moderated and returned to those seen a couple of years ago, according to new research presented today at the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit.

Recalling behavior during the two weeks leading up to the survey, 84% of consumers said they ate a chicken meal or snack purchased from a supermarket and 67% ate a chicken meal or snack from a food service establishment. Both supermarket and food service establishment consumption numbers decreased, 3.4% and 6.9% respectively, and are now at parity with those seen in 2015.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects Americans will eat close to 92 pounds of chicken per person this year, breaking last year’s record of 91 pounds,” said NCC Senior Vice President of Communications Tom Super.  “Although consumers’ self-reported consumption is down slightly in the survey, the data show that chicken is still top of mind for consumers.”

Although past two week consumption has decreased somewhat, consumers’ taste for chicken shows no signs of waning.  In the next 12 months, 21% of consumers anticipate eating more chicken from the supermarket and 13% anticipate eating more from a food service establishment.  Consumers with the highest consumption levels tend to skew younger and be more ethnically diverse and live in larger households.

As part of the survey, consumers were asked to rank various factors on satisfaction and in order of importance.  Regardless of purchase channel, the importance of freshness, taste and price rise to the top.  Consumers are satisfied with freshness and taste, however satisfaction with price at supermarkets is somewhat lower.

Overall, the majority of consumers purchase uncooked or precooked chicken at the supermarket to prepare or reheat at home.  While Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are more likely to purchase uncooked chicken to cook at home, Millennials are twice as likely as their older counterparts to buy pre-cooked chicken and eat it in the store.

When prompted, 69% of consumers were extremely or very concerned about food safety, and 57% about hormone / steroid use, and 55% about antibiotic use.  Although still low, concern is growing about the time it takes to raise a chicken – 26% were extremely or very concerned this year while 19% were last year.

When it comes to reasons that consumers purchase chicken over other types of meat, its healthiness, versatility and convenience top the list.

Consumers are being exposed to media coverage relative to the care of chickens.  Nearly three-quarters said they have seen articles in the past year and most of those would characterize the tone of the coverage as neutral or negative.

Consumers consider themselves to be knowledgeable about the care of chickens yet most have incorrect perceptions.  In an exercise where they were asked to identify statements about the care and raising of chickens as true or false, the majority answered incorrectly for most statements.

The survey was commissioned by the National Chicken Council and conducted online by ORC International June 5 – 8, 2017, among 1,013 adults.  Funding was provided by Elanco and WATT Global Media.  A full copy is available by clicking here.