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

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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

High Path Bird Flu Reappears on U.S. Soil

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on 

Written by Barbara Olejnik

The U.S. poultry industry has been put on notice that the H5N2 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza has again been found on U.S. soil.

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that the virus was detected in a single hunter-harvested wild mallard duck in Fergus County, Montana.

While there have been no additional detections, as of Jan. 9, of avian influenza in either wild or domestic birds in Montana, USDA stresses the need for good biosecurity programs on poultry farms.

“This appears to be one of the strains we saw during the outbreak in 2014 and 2015,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA chief veterinarian. “This finding serves as a powerful reminder that there is still avian influenza circulating in wild birds, and producers and industry need to continue to be vigilant about biosecurity to protect domestic poultry.”

The 2015 outbreak killed more than 48 million birds in 223 separate outbreaks across the country and caused U.S. trading partners to ban U.S. egg exports. Revenue for the poultry industry dropped $400 million, or 14 percent, in the first half of 2015 as compared to the previous year.

The U.S. egg industry has since rebounded with a surplus of product. But while the U.S. has a surplus, other countries have egg shortages due to outbreaks of avian influenza.

One such country is South Korea which has seen its worst-ever bird flu epidemic with a record 31 million birds being culled since November last year. This has led to a shortage of eggs just ahead of the peak egg demand for the Lunar New Year holiday season at the end of January.

To help ease the shortage, the U.S. and South Korea reached an agreement in which a total of 2.98 million fresh eggs will be shipped via airlines from the U.S. to South Korea.

As part of the agreement, South Korea waived all duties on U.S. egg products, including shell egg and liquid egg products through June 2017.

This is the first fresh egg imports from the U.S. to South Korea.

First outbreaks

In Europe and Asia, the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza is continuing its onslaught against the poultry industry with several countries reporting first-ever outbreaks of the H5N8 strain.

First-ever outbreaks have been reported in Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, according to reports from the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Ukraine reported three outbreaks, one involving a wild bird and two in poultry, one at a farm and one in backyard birds. Between the two poultry events, the virus killed 1,113 of 10,288 susceptible birds and the remaining were culled as a control measure.

In Italy, health officials confirmed the H5N8 virus in a Eurasian pigeon found dead in a lagoon in the northeast near the country’s border with Austria.

Spain’s first outbreak occurred in the Castilla and Leon community in the northwestern part of the country. Tests on two wild geese that were found dead in a lagoon were positive of H5N8. Response steps include increased surveillance and enhanced biosecurity at area poultry farms.

Slovenia reported three outbreaks, all involving wild mute swans found dead near ponds and the Drava River near Maribor, the country’s second-largest city.

The Czech Republic confirmed its first H5N8 outbreaks in two flocks of backyard birds in the southern part of the country. In the first outbreak near the town of Moravsky, 10 birds died and another 76 were destroyed. In the second outbreak 20 turkeys died in the nearby town of Ivancice.

A backyard flock was also the site of an outbreak of H5N8 in Croatia, which had previously reported the virus only in wild birds. Fifteen chickens and one turkey were found dead in the town of Pitomaca on the Hungarian border. Another 25 susceptible birds were destroyed.

New outbreaks

According to Jan. 9 OIE reports, the H5N8 virus hit more farms in Germany and Poland, with more wild bird detections in Finland, Germany and Sweden. Germany reported 2343 more H5N8 outbreaks, six at farms and 17 involving wild birds. Of nearly 84,000 vulnerable poultry, the virus sickened about 12,000 poultry, killed 154 of them and the remaining birds were culled.

Poland reported 12 poultry outbreaks, six on farms and six involving backyard birds. The outbreaks affected five different provinces and led to the culling of nearly 140,000 birds.

Other European developments involving H5N8, according to Jan. 12 reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) include:

Poland — two more poultry outbreaks, one in backyard birds and one at a farm. The virus killed 208 of 245 birds at the two locations with the rest destroyed to curb spread of the disease.

The Netherlands — two more outbreaks affected a total of 55 wild birds, both in villages in the central part of the country.

Romania — four more outbreaks, three involving wild birds, including whooper swans and mute swans, and one in backyard poultry.

Slovakia — two more outbreaks, one in Muscovy ducks at a zoo in Kosice, and one in mute swans found dead in a pond near a village in the Nitra region in the west.

Other nations

The H5N8 continues to hit poultry outside of Europe that reported earlier outbreaks, according to the OIE.

Egypt reported an outbreak in backyard birds in Sharqia governorate in the north, killing 889 of 190 susceptible ducks and chickens.

India reported 23 more outbreaks, all involving village poultry in Kerala state between Oct. 19 and Nov. 24, 2016. The virus killed 66,571 of 714,090 susceptible birds with the remaining ones culled.

In Taiwan the agriculture ministry reported four more H5N8 outbreaks in poultry in four slaughterhouses along with two more HPAI outbreaks of the H5N2 strain on farms in Yunlin County. The events are part of a series of outbreaks involving both strains that have been underway since early 2015.

BioSafe to Exhibit at IPPE 2017 – Booth #B3965!

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Booth #B3965 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

IPPE Builds on Past Expo History

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally printed on December 21, 2016.

Written by Barbara Olejnik

The 2017 International Production & Processing Expo continues a long tradition of showcasing the poultry industry, joined in recent years by the feed and meat industries.

The IPPE is composed of the International Poultry Expo, the International Feed Expo and the International Meat Expo. Sponsors are the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the American Feed Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute.

This combined show has already established a record 510,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,100 exhibitors. The show anticipates more than 30,000 attendees for the 2017 event. The genesis for this now international trade show occurred back in January 1948 when approximately 200 people from around the Southeast met in Atlanta for a “poultry convention” and the Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association was established.

The original states in what was known simply as “Southeastern” were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. These were later joined by Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.

In August 1948, a program committee met to plan the first “real” Southeastern Poultry & Egg Convention since the January meeting had largely been organizational in scope.

That first “real” convention was held Jan. 15-17, 1949, in Atlanta. Registration was $2 and more than 600 people attended. However, the first actual exposition didn’t occur until January 1951, when 67 companies exhibited and approximately 2000 people attended.

Since that time the exposition has grown steadily and expanded each year to become today’s annual International Poultry Expo.

The sponsoring association’s name was changed in the 1960s to U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and included membership from states and companies throughout the U.S.

In 2007, the American Feed Industry Association signed an agreement to co-locate its International Feed Expo with the International Poultry Expo, and in 2013, the American Meat Institute, now the North American Meat Institute, added its International Meat Expo.

The event was renamed the International Production & Processing Expo to reflect the integration of the three trade shows. The IPPE has been recognized by Trade Show News Network (TSNN) as being one of the top 25 fastest growing shows in net square footage.

Through the IPPE, the International Poultry Expo continues to display the latest technology, equipment, supplies and services used by poultry and egg companies. With the inclusion of the International Feed Expo and the International Meat Expo, the IPPE has expanded to include related areas of production and processing.

The 2017 IPPE will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Show hours are: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m-5 p.m..; and Thursday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More information about the IPPE can be found at www.ippe.org.

BioSafe Systems’ SaniDate 15.0 Now an EPA Registered Disinfectant

Already registered with the EPA as a sanitizer, SaniDate 15.0 is now also approved as a disinfectant.  SaniDate 15.0 is a high-level, broad-spectrum sanitizer specifically formulated and labelled to meet the sanitization needs of the poultry, livestock and food processing industries. Consisting of a stabilized blend of 15% peroxyacetic acid and 10% hydrogen peroxide, SaniDate 15.0 is a proven hard surface sanitizer for food and non–food contact surfaces against both pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms in federally inspected meat, seafood and poultry processing facilities, egg production and packaging plants, poultry and livestock housing and hatchery rooms. Additionally, SaniDate 15.0 may be used for line cleaning for poultry and livestock watering operations.

BioSafe Systems is committed to providing farming and food processing operations with effective and sustainable sanitizers, disinfectants and disease-control solutions designed to meet strict industry standards while keeping with our vision of environmental responsibility.  To learn more about how SaniDate 15.0, please contact Russell Owings by email at rowings@biosafesystems.com or phone at 540.256.8426. You may also call BioSafe Systems toll free at 1.888.273.3088 or visit our webpage at http://www.biosafesystems.com/sanidate-15-0-mps/

 

USDA Reveals New Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

Published with permission by Food Safety Magazine.  Originally posted February 4, 2016.

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the agency has finalized new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, chicken breasts, legs and wings.

According to FSIS, these new measures will lead to an average of 50,000 fewer foodborne illnesses annually.

FSIS hopes to meet a number of goals with these new standards:

  • Reduce Campylobacter illnesses by 32 percent
  • Reduce Salmonella illnesses from chicken parts, ground chicken and ground turkey by 30 percent
  • Reduce Campylobacter presence in ground turkey by 19 percent

“Over the past seven years, USDA has put in place tighter and more strategic food safety measures than ever before for meat and poultry products. We have made strides in modernizing every aspect of food safety inspection, from company record keeping, to labeling requirements, to the way we perform testing in our labs,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These new standards, in combination with greater transparency about poultry companies’ food safety performance and better testing procedures, will help prevent tens of thousands of foodborne illnesses every year, reaching our Healthy People 2020 goals.”

To test the food safety performance of establishments that prepare meat and poultry products, FSIS uses pathogen reduction performance standards. By making the standards for ground poultry tougher to meet, ground poultry products nationwide will have less contamination and therefore result in fewer foodborne illnesses. Even though it’s been 20 years since FSIS implemented performance standards for whole chickens, it has since been proven that levels of Salmonella contamination actually increases when whole chickens are further processed into smaller parts. These smaller parts–mainly wings and breasts–represent 80 percent of the chicken available to American consumers. Another part of these new standards is that FSIS has updated its microbial testing schedule at poultry facilities. This will be coupled with more of each company’s food safety performance details being posted online.

“This approach to poultry inspection is based on science, supported by strong data, and will truly improve public health,” says USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “The new performance standards will complement the many other proactive, prevention-based food policies that we’ve put in place in recent years to make America’s supply of meat and poultry safer to eat.”

Clearing a Misconception: Does Egg Color have any Correlation to the Health Benefits of the Egg?

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on November 9, 2016.

Written by Katie Keiger

Producers today are well aware of consumer’s desires to be healthy and eco-friendly. In the poultry industry, a potentially confusing topic is egg color.

Brown is associated with natural so it is easy for labels to boast brown eggs are healthier and that the chickens responsible for the eggs are raised in a more natural environment. That and the fact that more expensive items are normally considered more valuable can further jumble people’s opinions. Michigan State University Extension points out that egg colors can also be blue, white or green, but it typically just correlates with the chicken’s ear lobe not health.

“All eggs start out white in color, those that are laid in shades other than white have pigments deposited on them as the eggs travel through the hen’s oviduct,” Dorothy Munn of Michigan State University Extension said. “Ameraucana birds have the pigment oocyanin deposited on the egg…” The pigment makes Ameraucana birds have blue eggs. Chickens with brown eggs deposit the pigment protoporphyrin.

Whatever pigment is deposited in the chicken’s body onto the egg do not affect the inside of the egg. Yet those 26 hours the egg spends traveling through the mother hen determines in many people’s minds the price of the egg.

Consumer Reports hones in on the specific concerns of the public by putting white and brown eggs to a blind test. The nutrition of the eggs were not changed by the color, the diet of the chickens was what affected the eggs. If hens are given flax, marine algae and other ingredients that add omega-3 fatty acids to their eggs had five times or more omega-3 fatty acids than traditional eggs and vegetarian fed hens had more vitamins in their eggs.

The factors affecting taste was the same as that of the nutrition; the hen’s diet. Of course the older the egg the less tasteful the egg.

The Egg Nutrition Center agreed that color does not change chicken eggs in anyway, but they addressed some elements in eggs that do affect humans. Restricting egg consumption to egg whites limits the nutrition to a little more than half of that of a whole egg. The fat and cholesterol in the egg yolk will be lost, but the vitamins and other elements that absorb fats are also lost.

Egg yolk also contains carotenoid lutein and, consequently, stereoisomer zeaxanthin which in several studies have been proven to maintain eye health.

According to the Egg Nutrition Center, eggs contain high levels of vitamin D which is “essential for maintaining serum calcium and phosphate levels and in developing and maintaining healthy bones.”

Fitday.com advises that the overall condition of the egg is determined by the egg grading program ran by the USDA. Eggs labeled B are normally used in liquid eggs, not available whole to the public in supermarket. Grade A and AA eggs have firmer and thicker whites and yolks that are free of defects such as blood spots and meat spots.

 

Preparing Poultry Houses for Winter and Cooler Weather

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Written by Katie Keiger

Unlike farms that only grow vegetables, poultry farms are active all year long and provide stable income through all seasons. However, each time of year brings along specific challenges and the winter months are difficult for birds.

Heat is easier to create in a building full of feathers, but harder to maintain especially if there is a leak. Dr. Tom Tabler, Jessica Wells and Dr. Wei Zhai of the Mississippi State University Extension service said that house tightness is most critical during the winter months not only for the health of the birds, but the efficiency of the farm.

MSU’s Eextension professors observed that air leak effects fuel costs as farm houses depend on it for air circulation and electricity. Outside walls should be checked for cracks, any curtains with flaps should be sealed and doors should be closed when not in use.

Tunnel flaps according to Tabler, Wells and Zhai are especially tricky being that they are heavier than most flaps because most of them come insulated. Insulated flaps need to be secured with strings and checked periodically in case of snapping strings. Tunnel doors should also be sealed, and there should be no holes in the vapor barrier or else heat will be lost.

Tabler also worked with the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture Extension Veterinarian Dr. F. Dustan Clark, Extension Poultry Specialist Dr Keith Bramwell and with research associate with the USDA-Agriculture Research Service Jonathan Moyle.

Clark, Bramwell, Moyle and Tabler also emphasize tightness, adding that tunnel curtains can snag at corners if not inspected closely.

Doors and flaps do not do much alone against the weather; the insulation is what is really guarding the birds. “Weather stripping or spray foam insulation to seal cracks and air leaks.” The University of Arkansas’ Extension Service said.

Windows, like some flaps, have insulation but should be kept tightly shut to ensure no heat escapes. Ceilings and sidewalls need to be checked for damage such as cracks, holes or anything that could compromise house tightness. Clark, Branwell, Moyle and Tabler said that turning off water hoses and wrapping exposed pipes in insulation will prevent water from freezing in the coldest months.

Cleanliness cannot wait for spring on a poultry farm, according to MSU. Ceiling fans need to be cleaned of dust and dirt to ensure maximum efficiency and ensure that not all the heat is kept at the higher areas. Fans that are not utilized during the winter should be covered.

The area around the birds is not the only thing to maintain, but also the litter and feed which can cause sky high profits in the winter if not checked. Feed lines, according to the University of Arkansas, need to be cleaned and inspected for clogs, preferably when there are no birds in the house. Keeping feed lids sealed is crucial, because it is especially desirable to rats and wild birds, some of which could be carrying diseases.

The University of Arkansas also stated that litter  amendments are needed to help with ammonia levels.

Ammonia smells strongly but gas leaks are just as potent and signal problems that require immediate action. MSU says that spraying bottles of soapy water on pipes may reveal gas leaks if bubbles appear. Gas leaks can be caused by high pressure.

“When pressure is too low, heating units will only produce a weak yellow flame…” Tabler, Wells and Zhai said. “While the problem is often associated with too little gas in the tanks, undersized piping inside and/or outside the chicken house also can cause it…”

The MSU Extension service suggests checking piping orifices to ensure no clogs from the warmer months before. It is important to keep in mind that propane and natural gas systems have different operating pressure. A four degree difference needs to be present between cooling and heating set points. Any less and MSU said that the systems will be in competition, resulting in heating and cooling systems running at the same time.

Temperature sensor placement logic has changed in that modern poultry farms have multiple levels and one is no longer enough to give an accurate heat measurement. The University of Arkansas suggests placing the temperature sensor by the floor where the birds are and attached to a water cable, with the sensor moving up along with the water cable.

The university further suggests keeping a daily tab on the temperature of each house and look for differences. The changes can indicate uneven distribution of energy or lack of efficiency in the separate houses.