As highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is confirmed in two more European states, there are fears that the further spread of the disease could impact exports of poultry products. The virus has been detected for the first time in three more European countries, and there are further cases in Taiwan and South Africa.
Exports of poultry meat by Brazil in 2019 were almost 3% higher in 2019 than in the previous 12 months. While this trend is expected to continue, the nation’s poultry producers are facing higher costs.
Following the end-of-year holidays, official reports have been lodged recording outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in India, Poland, and Taiwan. The disease has also caused mortality among wild birds in China.
Researchers have reporting significant progress towards the development of a vaccine to protect poultry and humans against avian influenza infection. Taiwan and Nigeria have reported new cases of the disease in poultry.
New cases of highly pathogenic avian flu have been confirmed in poultry in Taiwan, and ostriches in South Africa over the past week. In the United Kingdom (U.K.), a commercial flock infected with a mild form of the disease has been culled.
Latest quarterly fiscal results from 2 Sisters Food Group show a significant improvement in overall profitability. This is attributed in part to good performance in its United Kingdom (U.K.) and European poultry businesses.