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Editorial - Steps Forward in Solving Salmonella Scares

Significant progress has been made in reducing the number of cases of food poisoning linked to salmonella from poultry products, and attention is now focussed on other possible sources, including pigs.

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in Denmark, for example, has just given DKK7 million to a research project that will make it easier for scientists and the authorities to find the sources of salmonella infections following an outbreak of food poisoning.

A recently published study from Sweden has revealed that vegetable feed ingredients such as soybean and rapeseed meals can be source of Salmonella contamination, and that the bacteria are not necessarily killed by heat treatment in the feed mill.

Also new on ThePigSite this week is a summary of the baseline study on Salmonella found on farms with breeding pigs in the European Union. The report, published at the end of last year, highlighted the fact that Salmonella were found on about one-third of the farms surveyed. A particular concern is that S. Typhimurium – one of the groups that commonly causes foodborne disease in humans – was detected on more than one in five of the Salmonella-positive farms in the survey.

Reports are trickling out of a new disease threat: Post-weaning Wasting Catabolic Syndrome (PWCS). A relatively new disease that affects piglets shortly after weaning, PWCS has been identified on a farm in Canada and similar cases are reported in Kansas. As the cause remains elusive, so too do methods of control.

Jackie Linden

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 7 new features this week:

Baseline Survey on Prevalence of Salmonella on EU Farms with Breeding Pigs
The main points of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report Analysis of the baseline survey on the prevalence of Salmonella in holdings with breeding pigs in the EU, 2008. Part A: Salmonella prevalence estimates are summarised by Jackie Linden, editor of ThePigSite.
Consider Impact of PCV2 and M-Hyo Control Strategies on Nursery Pig Performance
Vaccinating pigs for porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M-hyo) reduced the performance of nursery pigs, reported Potter and co-authors at the Kansas Swine Day 2009, and this effect should be taken into account when implementing vaccine strategies.
Antibiotic-Free Pork Challenges Industry Norm
Manon St-Hilaire described the successful setting up of an operation to produce pork without the routine use of antibiotics at the 2010 Banff Pork Seminar.
Reduce Feed Waste
Use this guide to walk your system and reduce the risk of waste, says BPEX. It also recommends working with your feed supplier and delivery driver.
What is Benchmarking?
According to Greg Simpson, swine nutritionist at OMAFRA, producers are often faced with the problem of not having enough time to do much in-depth comparisons or analysis with other producers while setting internal benchmarks for themselves and their production team.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Fourth Quarter 2009
By Statistics Canada. Canada's January hog inventory is the lowest it has been in twelve years. Also, a steady decline in the country's breeding herd has been marked since 2005.
US Feed Outlook - February 2010
Profitable operations for ethanol producers have encouraged increased ethanol output, raising prospects for higher corn use for ethanol in 2009/10, according to this month's Feed Outlook Report from USDA Economic Research Service. The report is by A. Baker, E. Allen and H. Lutman and is entitled Corn Use for Ethanol Increased This Month.
JSR Genetics - Genetics you can trust
* Company News

Meriden Stamps Mark of Commitment
UK - "Our commitment is to you," announces Meriden Animal Health Ltd, launching its mark of commitment.
* Global Pig Industry News

   General

 » FMD NEWS: Brazil Looking to Solve FMD Problem
 » Methionine Market to be Worth US$3 Billion by 2015
 » Towards a More Sustainable Livestock Sector

   United States

 » Plant Buffers Limit Spread of Antibiotics in Manure
 » Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Export Progress
 » CME: December Pork Exports Lower Than November
 » Market Preview: Defining Competition
 » Pork Congress Delegates Take Aim at PRRS
 » CME: Sharp Fall in US Sow Slaughter Levels
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Down Two Per Cent
 » CME: January Hog Inventory Smallest in Twelve Years
 » MSU Considers How to Deal with Budget Cuts
 » Year-End Export Totals Show Positive Trend for Pork
 » U of I Researcher Launches Swine Nutrition Web Site
 » Canadian Sow Numbers Below Year-Ago Levels for 19th Consecutive Quarter
 » CME: Slaughter Closer to Predicted Levels

   Netherlands

 » DLG Opens Office in the Netherlands

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Cheerful Sentiment in Markets
 » Animal Welfare Action Plan Needed for Sustainable Future Novartis Animal Health
   Russian Federation

 » Three CSF Outbreaks Reported in Russia
 » Russia Reports New Case of African Swine Fever
 » Russia Reports One New Outbreak of ASF
 » Policy of Self-Sufficiency Pushes up Meat Prices

   Germany

 » Record Pork and Poultry Production in 2009
 » EuroTier 2010 Expected to Inspire Strong Demand

   Philippines

 » Gov’t Bans Imports of Pork from South Korea

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: H1N1 Off Media Radar
 » PWCS Cause and Control Remain Elusive
 » Stress and Depression are Treatable
 » Ontario Pork Receptive to Tribunal Decision
 » Good Practice the Best Defence Against PWCS
 » GM Pork One Step Closer to Dinner Tables
 » Wheat DDGS Inclusion Rate Impacts Dressing Per Cent

   Croatia

 » More Pigs, Poultry in Croatia But Fewer Cattle Pfizer Animal Health
   United Kingdom

 » Newspaper Investigates Welfare of Imported Meat
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - February 2010
 » Healthier Bacon on Scotland's Menu
 » English Pig Industry Launches Real Welfare for Pigs
 » Next Step in Pig Health and Biosecurity

   Japan

 » Banned Beef Found in Pork Sausage Shipment

   Denmark

 » Tulip Food Company Acquires Nietfeld Feinkost
 » Govt Grant for Tracing Salmonella Sources

   Indonesia

 » Indonesia Lifts Ten-Month Ban on Pork Imports Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
   Sweden

 » Salmonella-Contaminated Feed Ingredients Found

   Brazil

 » Brazilian Exports: Poultry Falls, Pork Rises

   Australia

 » Weaning Age Does Not Affect Lifetime Performance Biomin - the natural way

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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