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2 Astral Foods workers die, 6 more hospitalized

Incident in which workers experienced breathing difficulties is being investigated by government agency

South Africa’s Department of Employment and Labour is investigating an incident at an Astral Foods facility that left two people dead and led six more people to be hospitalized.

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First avian flu cases confirmed in Algeria, Reunion

As Algeria reports the return of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry, Réunion registers its first ever cases in domestic and wild birds.

In the past month, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported for the first time in Algeria and Réunion. 

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Warning follows decline in avian flu reports from Africa

Poultry owners have been warned to maintain both vigilance for signs of the infection, and biosecurity measures.

Over the last full three-month period (April to June of 2022), there were no new outbreaks of HPAI in South Africa. While the news will be welcomed by the nation’s poultry farmers, the South African Poultry Association warns that HPAI could return at any time.

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Astral Foods forms ESG committee

Committee will place a special emphasis on environmental stewardship, corporate governance and accountable social engagement.

South African poultry company Astral Foods has formed an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee.

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