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Avian influenza outbreaks have occurred in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America throughout the past few years, causing bird losses from the disease itself and from culling done as part of eradication efforts. As U.S. broiler producers found out in 2015, the most costly aspect of avian influenza often isn’t from bird losses, but rather from lost sales due to export bans.

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U.S. broiler producers have been exporting approximately 20 percent of production in recent years, with most of this coming in the form of leg quarters. For broiler producers with entire complexes dedicated to producing broilers for export markets, an avian influenza outbreak in their country can be particularly devastating. Thailand’s avian influenza outbreak in 2004 served as the trigger for Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) to design and build a broiler complex using HACCP principles to exclude avian influenza to serve export markets.

CPF has implemented compartmentalization as a biosecurity measure, along with a HACCP-based avian flu program based on four key elements. Additionally, all of the breeder and grow-out farms are shower-in and shower-out facilities.

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