In a concerning development, Japanese authorities have detected a second HPAI virus serotype in commercial poultry.
Earlier this month, broilers at a farm on the southernmost main island of Kyushu tested positive for the H5N2 serotype, according to the official notification to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).
As South Korea confirms its 13th outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry since the end of October, the authorities have increased the intensity of preventative culling to reduce the risks of further virus transmission.
For the first time this fall, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in poultry in Japan. Both in that country and in South Korea, three outbreaks have been confirmed on commercial farms so far.
Singapore is facing a plastic waste crisis, and KFC Singapore is making efforts to reduce its contribution by switching to alternative compostable packaging for its chicken, sandwiches and other items. By partnering with sustainable foodware company, Tria, KFC Singapore will begin what it is calling the “world’s first” closed-loop single-use packaging pilot program, according to Packaging Insights.