BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at The Poultry Federation’s Live Production Symposium in August

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at The Poultry Federation’s Live Production Symposium on August 1-2, 2017 in Rogers, Arkansas.

The booth will be manned by seasoned staff Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite and Regional Sales Manager, Dean Allen.  As experts in their fields these two know all the ins and outs of the animal health market.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Dean Allen, Regional Sales Manager                                          Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

318-510-8046                                                                                  256-677-2802

dallen@biosafesystems.com                                                        mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

 

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

BioSafe Systems to Excited to See Push for Sustainability in Poultry Industry

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – As the focus grows stronger on companies proposing more sustainable methods of poultry production, those already in the business gear up for the change.  With numerous EPA-registered and Organic-certified products BioSafe Systems is a leader in providing green and sustainable solutions that work. ‘Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.’ is not just our tagline—it’s the foundation on which the company is built.

Our goal is to help growers and producers establish programs that are cost effective and successful, but also sustainable for the environment and the farm.  This belief in a “farm-to-fork” approach pushes us to be on the forefront of innovation and to provide safe and effective products for every step of the process.

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.

Russell Owings, VP of Food Safety

540-256-8426

rowings@biosafesystems.com

 

Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

256-677-2802

mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

 

Dean Allen, Regional Sales Manager

318-510-8046

dallen@biosafesystems.com

 

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

The U.S. is Unprepared for an Avian Influenza Outbreak

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on May 16, 2017.

The U.S. poultry industry is not prepared for an avian influenza outbreak, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

One of the problems is that the federal government relies heavily on volunteer efforts to provide biosecurity measures. However, according to the report, the USDA is coming up with two major initiatives to encourage biosecurity improvements.

Another issue addressed is in the production of influenza vaccine for humans. The creation of the vaccines depends on chicken eggs and the Department of Health and Human Services is working on reducing that need of poultry products.

All this is not to say that the USDA is not working hard in response to avian influenza. Surveillance, mass depopulation, disposal and continuity of business are some of the responsibilities the agency handles in response to avian influenza.

However the corrective actions against the disease, such as the ones used in 2014 and 2016, have not been evaluated for their effectiveness, and no plans are in place for future actions to be studied.

However, the corrective actions used against the disease, such as the plans used in 2014 and 2016, the agency created corrective actions against the disease, but these plans have not been evaluated to see how effective they are [sic].

Though the virus has been quiet in the U.S. for several weeks now, it has made a recent resurgent in the U.K. and a deadly zoonotic-strain has been ongoing in China, already killing more than 2,000 people. The summer heat helps combats the disease, but there is no guarantee that it will not return. Three states were reported to have the virus in the hot summer month of July last year.

BioSafe Welcomes New Hire to Meat, Poultry and Seafood Segment

BioSafe Systems is proud to welcome Dean Allen to the Meat, Poultry and Seafood Team as Regional Sales Manager based in Shreveport, LA. Dean will be charged with increasing the market share and sales of BioSafe’s microbial intervention products, animal health sanitation products and food safety solutions. He will focus on developing lasting relationships with key decision makers and acquiring new customers.

Holding a degree in General Business and Business Administration from Cypress College, Dean has an impressive history in business and sales management; the Allen family owned and operated a Dale Carnegie Training franchise for several years which lead Dean to running his own business, AMA Employee Testing and Training. Dean’s experience in the specialty chemistry industry began with ChemStation where he held several sales management positions and then most recently with Zep, Inc. where he spent the last 5 years.

Dean’s unique background in sales and food safety chemistries will be an invaluable asset to BioSafe’s current and expanding client base.

“As a sales leader in the food safety industry, I have always been concerned and passionate about how our food travels from farm to plate and protecting our customer’s brand while at the same time producing the safest food possible for the everyday consumer. I am looking forward to having a long and prosperous career with BioSafe Systems.”

Grower Tips: Hot Weather Prep – 5 Opportunities to Maximize Airflow & Cooling

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on April 7, 2017.

National Poultry Technology Center – Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Hot weather is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about how to make sure our tunnel ventilation and evaporative cooling systems are ready to produce maximum airflow and bird cooling. Many companies and growers, especially those raising large broilers, got caught with a heat wave last summer that resulted in high mortalities.The sad truth is that many, if not most, of those mortalities could possibly have been avoided. In this article, we outline the key spring cleaning and maintenance tips to help you recognize and take advantage of too-often overlooked opportunities to get the full airflow and tunnel cooling needed to avoid unnecessary mortalities this summer.

Here’s the quick list:

Opportunity 1: Stop hot air leaks

Opportunity 2: Service & repair fans

Opportunity 3: Get full inlet openings

Opportunity 4: Clean evaporative cooling pads

Opportunity 5: Stop hot air bypassing cooling pads

Opportunity 1: Stop hot air leaks — Get the windspeed and cooling you paid for.

During full tunnel, we want to force all air to enter through the tunnel inlets, flow down the house over the birds, and out the fans. Any outside air that leaks into the house between the tunnel inlets and the tunnel fans will hurt windspeed and add cooling load.

Air leaks from the attic or through house structural gaps are also likely to be much hotter than ambient outside air. Any unsealed cracks or holes where sun is shining on roof or sidewall metal are likely to allow super-heated air, often well over 100 degrees F, to enter the house, putting a much heavier load on the cooling system.

Visual inspection of attic inlets, attic access doors, ceiling material, perimeter inlets, man doors, and curtains can often reveal easily-sealed leak points.

Follow-up smoke testing is well worth the trouble to identify and seal otherwise hard to find leaks, especially along sidewalls, foundation seals, and end walls. Few broiler houses, even relatively new ones, are tight enough to justify a grower passing up a springtime between-flocks opportunity to stop hot air leaks.

Opportunity 2: Service & repair fans — Maintain full fan capacity to get maximum airflow.

All fans used for tunnel ventilation must be thoroughly cleaned, inspected and repaired. Having clean fans is good, but cleanliness will not restore airflow lost because of worn parts. We often find clean tunnel fans that are overdue for major repairs and are keeping growers from getting maximum windspeed.

Belts, tensioners, pulleys and shutters should be at the top of the list. Maintenance for a relatively new house is just as important as “old” house maintenance. A tunnel fan that has run (conservatively) 1,500 hours a year for five years has operated for 7,500 hours and the belts should have already been replaced a couple of times.

Even in fairly new houses, we have been able to pick up over 100 fpm (feet per minute) in windspeed simply by changing belts and servicing belt tensioners on fewer than half of the house tunnel fans. In addition to doing maintenance ahead of hot weather, growers raising big birds should be inspecting fans for problems and cleaning shutters during the growout.

This is especially important if in-house foggers are used. Fans provide the muscle power needed for maximum cooling. Don’t let fans be the weak link in your cooling system.

Opportunity 3: Get full inlet openings — Get more air moving under lower pressure.

Tunnel doors and curtains must be inspected to make sure they are in the full open position when all fans are on. We find many damaged pulleys, broken strings, and broken cables that cause inlet air restrictions and reduced tunnel airflow. Less airflow means lower air speed and reduced cooling for the birds.

It is a good idea — ahead of the cooling season and after doing cooling system maintenance — to place each house in the full tunnel mode with the tunnel inlets fully open and record the static pressure. Then if at any time during hot weather you find a house running under significantly higher pressure, you are likely to find an air flow restriction as the culprit.

For example, a house that normally tests at 0.11 inches in full tunnel, and then suddenly approaches 0.15 inches in full tunnel during growout is showing you a sign that something is restricting airflow. Keep tunnel curtains moved out of the way in full tunnel.

Opportunity 4: Clean evaporative cooling pads — To get full cooling benefit.

A typical 40-foot wide broiler house evaporative cooling system can evaporate over 5,000 gallons of water on a hot day in Alabama. A 66-foot wide house can evaporate over 11,000 gallons of water per day.

 It is easy to understand how mineral and dust buildup can quickly occur on the surfaces of 6-inch evaporative pad systems when this much water is being evaporated on a daily basis.

This means growers must be aware of water quality and the need to replace pad system water in a timely manner. It is important to keep clean water in the system and to keep the screen filters in place and header holes unstopped to prevent fouling the evaporative cooling system. When the house needs maximum cooling, every square foot of pad must be wet.

It’s important that every evaporative cooling system have enough water flowing over the pads to keep dust and debris from drying onto the surface of the pads. As mineral concentrations increase and dust accumulates, this buildup can severely restrict the airflow through the evaporative pads. Once this buildup is allowed to dry and harden it can be difficult to remove without damaging the pads.

Make sure the pads and system are thoroughly cleaned before adding chemicals. Follow the directions for cleaning as stated on the label. Inspect pads, flush header pipes and tanks, and replenish the system with fresh water on a routine basis. Evaporative cooling is essential along with good tunnel airflow to keep birds comfortable in hot weather.

Opportunity 5: Stop air bypassing cooling pads — Keep hot air off birds.

Air that is allowed to leak into the plenum room (dog house) without passing through the wetted evaporative pads is a big problem. Any air that leaks through the ceiling of the plenum room just under the roof metal can be 130 degrees F or more during the heat of the day.

To stop that hot air from entering the house, plenum room ceilings must be insulated and air tight. We also often find air coming in above and below the recirculation system frames, around access doors, and the end walls of the plenum rooms. Gaps between pads are another too-often seen way hot air is allowed to enter the house.

Any gaps must be closed up by pushing the pads to one side and adding additional pad or partial sections to fill the gaps. Take time to check the entire plenum room for possible air leaks that could be robbing the house of cooled air. You may well find an opportunity to gain several additional degrees of cooling.

The Bottom Line

Hot weather brings challenges that will test even the best growers. Growers who get the rewards of top flock performance pay close attention to the details in these five opportunities and understand that they complement one another.

Getting maximum bird cooling performance requires all five out of five steps to be completed and maintained. Improving cooling by 1 or 2 degrees and windspeed by 100 fpm is a big deal in hot weather.

For more details on what you can do to meet your goals this coming summer, visit our website at www.poultryhouse.com and watch our YouTube videos on “Tips for Tunnel Cooling, House Tightness and Generator Service.”

And, to protect your bottom line, remember that a hot weather plan is only as good as the backup plan. If you have not already done so, now is the time to get your generator and electrical systems properly serviced, alarms tested, alarm batteries replaced, backups calibrated, and spare parts back in stock. These items are essential to keep flocks safe from disaster when the primary components fail, so don’t take them for granted.

More information from the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University can be obtained at www.poultryhouse.com.

BioSafe Systems to Attend Mississippi Poultry Association’s Poultry Management School in May

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be attending Mississippi Poultry Association’s Poultry Management School May 9-10, 2017 in Starkville, MS.

Participants will receive critical information from some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers in the business. Come to learn, network and socialize with others in the poultry health industry.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

256-677-2802

mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule

Published with permission by Food Safety Magazine.  Originally posted on April 4, 2017.

When the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule was proposed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it intended to waive the rule’s requirements in certain cases in which they would not be needed to further protect foods from becoming unsafe.

Today, the FDA announced the publication of three waivers to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls. They include:

  • Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade “A” Milk Safety Program, only when transporting Grade “A” milk and milk products.
  • Food establishments authorized by the regulatory authority to operate when engaged as receivers, or as shippers and carriers in operations in which food is delivered directly to consumers, or to other locations the establishments or affiliates operate that serve or sell food directly to consumers. (Examples include restaurants, supermarkets and home grocery delivery services.)
  • Businesses transporting molluscan shellfish (such as oysters, clams, mussels or scallops) that are certified and inspected under the requirements established by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference’s (ISSC) National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) and that transport the shellfish in vehicles permitted under ISSC authority.

The FSMA rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is part of the FDA’s effort to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation. The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food.

These waivers are being published after being described in the proposed and final rule. FDA considered comments on the waivers and found that the waivers would not result in the transportation of food under conditions that would be unsafe for human or animal health, or contrary to the public interest.

More information regarding the Sanitary Transportation rule (including a discussion of the comments we received on these waivers), and any of the FSMA provisions, is available at FDA.gov.

BioSafe Systems to Attend The Poultry Federation’s Food Safety Conference this April

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be attending The Poultry Federation’s 5th Annual Food Safety Conference April 12-13, 2017 in Branson, MO.

Participants will receive critical information from some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers in the business. Food safety professionals, industry representatives and members of the academic community from across the country will be in attendance to learn and share their insights on the topic of food safety.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Russell Owings, VP of Food Safety                       Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

540-256-8426                                                          256-677-2802

rowings@biosafesystems.com                             mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

Confirmation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza at Tennessee Broiler-Breeder Farm

Posted with permission by the National Chicken Council.  Originally posted on March 5, 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 5, 2017 – The National Chicken Council (NCC) today was notified by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that the agency has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, along the Mississippi flyway.  Tests are underway to identify the neuraminidase, or “N” number of the virus.

(A broiler breeder farm contains roosters and hens – known as “parent stock” – which produce fertilized eggs, which hatch into the broiler chickens we raise for meat.)

“The virus was detected on a single farm after experiencing increased mortality, and depopulation of the birds on the farm is complete,” said Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.  “All flocks located within a six-mile radius of the farm will be tested and will not be transported unless they test negative for the virus.”

Avian flu is not a foodborne illness, which means you can’t contract it from eating poultry that has been cooked properly. And in the event a flock does test positive, as in this case, it will not enter the food chain.  Additionally, the risk of humans contracting avian flu is very low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The U.S. has the most robust monitoring and surveillance programs in the world – and detailed plans are in place and being executed at the federal and state level to control spreading among flocks and eliminate the virus completely, “Peterson added.  “All U.S. flocks are tested year-round for avian influenza, and if a single bird in a flock were to test positive for avian flu, then none of those birds would be allowed to enter the food supply.

“NCC is encouraging our members to maintain heightened biosecurity protocols,” Peterson concluded.  “We will also be working with our government and trading partners to minimize any potential disruptions to our export markets.”

Additional information is available from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2017 – Booth #1504!

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at the 2017 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention March 14-16, 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Booth #1504 will be manned by seasoned staff VP of Food Safety, Russell Owings and Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite.  As experts in their fields, these two know all the ins and outs of the poultry market – spanning everything from eggs and animal health to slaughter and processing.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Russell Owings, VP of Food Safety                       Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

540-256-8426                                                          256-677-2802

rowings@biosafesystems.com                             mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com