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Japan declares end to HPAI outbreaks in poultry

Two key markets have reopened to Japanese poultry exports following an official declaration that highly pathogenic avian influenza virus is under control in the nation’s domestic birds.

Following the Japan's recent official declaration of freedom from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), poultry exports from all parts of the country can resume.


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Farmers warn of chicken shortage in Spain

Under pressure from continual rises in production costs, Spanish poultry farmers are considering closing their businesses or reducing output.

Despite a sharp rise in retail chicken prices, Spanish poultry farmers are struggling to overcome a large increase in production costs.


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Australia takes further steps toward nationwide egg safety

As well as introducing a new tool to facilitate the tracing of all eggs back to the farm of origin, Australia’s egg farming associations have welcomed the prospect of nationwide egg-stamping rules.

A new tool has just been launched that will allow Australian eggs to be traced from purchase back to the farm and date of lay.


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Europe’s HPAI outbreak count passes last year’s total

Heavy losses from HPAI in northern Scotland threaten the future of some seabird populations.

In France, the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been downgraded. In contrast, new outbreaks in poultry have been reported in Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Hungary, the German state of Lower Saxony, and the Ryazan region of Russia.


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Avian flu virus detected for first time in Guinea

While Guinea registers its first ever cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry, further outbreaks have been reported by Ghana and South Africa.

The presence of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus for the first time in the African nation of Guinea.


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Ghana’s poultry industry faces collapse

Already, half of the African country’s poultry farms have ceased production and more will likely follow.

The trend of poultry farms ceasing operations in Ghana continues to be a problem and threatens aims for the country to become self-sufficient.


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Europe pushes for acceptance of HPAI vaccination

With widespread outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry across the continent since the start of winter, European Union agriculture ministers want to explore the future use of vaccines in disease control.

Agriculture ministers of the European Union agreed on a strategic approach to the prevention and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza through the development of vaccination.


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Australian broiler growers to benefit from fairer contracts

A recent ruling requires the country’s chicken companies to make changes to some contracts with their broiler growers to improve transparency and fairness.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission found that some agreements between the country’s largest poultry processors and their chicken growers included terms that were unfair to the growers.


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