Terrence O’Keefe, WATT’s content director, provides his perspective on everything from animal agriculture trends that impact our food chain to food-safety related issues affecting chicken and egg production. O’Keefe has covered the poultry industry as an editor for more than a decade and also brings his experience in plant management and poultry production to comment on today’s issues.
"Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat," said professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer. "If we don’t act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can’t be treated by antibiotics. Routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection. That’s why governments and organizations across the world, including the World Health Organization and G8, need to take this seriously."
If Congress does enact comprehensive immigration reform that includes a robust guest worker program, I don’t think it will provide a long-term solution for the shortage of eager applicants for jobs in poultry plants and on poultry farms.
All egg farms with 3,000 or more layers that produce shell eggs for human consumption now fall under the Egg Safety Rule which requires each facility to have a plan in place for the prevention of Salmonella enteriditis contamination.
An outbreak of H7N3 avian influenza in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes was confirmed on January 8, 2013. Aguascalientes, located in central Mexico, is close to the state of Jalisco where a H7N3 outbreak occurred in the summer of 2012. Mexican authorities have reported to the OIE, the world animal health organization, that around 300,000 laying hens have been culled from two table egg farms as a first step in stopping spread of the virus.