With the E. coli outbreak in Europe still making headlines, the UK’s Food Safety Week has proved to be timely to say the least. The research leading up to Food Safety Week showed that most study participants were aware of good hygiene in the kitchen, but can still fall foul of some common misconceptions around food safety.
At the end of May, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the FAO and the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology to study species-swapping diseases that can move back and forth between wild animals and domestic livestock and, in some cases, jump to humans. A key goal of the partnership is to determine which agroecological landscapes represent the greatest risk for disease transmission among humans, livestock and animal populations.
It was nice to be involved in a celebration on Friday, and to attend the opening of Aviagen’s extension to its veterinary laboratory facility in Edinburgh, UK. Graeme Dear, Aviagen general manager, welcomed the assembled guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which saw guests from the Scottish Executive, the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, and the design and build teams.
For anyone looking for a corporate social responsibility opportunity, it may be worth looking at a small charity called Chicks for Change. The UK charity, based in Barnstaple, Devon, is an initiative that provides education and contributes financial support towards a training centre in Uganda called Kira Farm Training Centre.
At the IFF Feed Processing Conference, held as part of Victam 2011, Richard Oldman of Anitox, looked at a topic that is important to each and every one of us and that, in a time of rising input costs, is particularly relevant to the feed industry. Looking particularly at energy demands in the pelleting of feed, he noted that saving energy was essential.