No decision yet on bird flu vaccination – Minister

SOUTH AFRICA - Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said state veterinarians were still assessing whether South Africa's chickens should be vaccinated amid the country's worst ever bird flu outbreak. Zokwana was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. Over four million chickens have been culled this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic…

ADM invests in German facility to produce non-GMO soybean meals

GERMANY - Archer Daniels Midland Co. as announced its plans to making further investments to produce more high protein soymeal free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) at its Straubing crushing plant in Germany. “The decision to invest in the production of non-GMO high-protein soybean meal is a logical step after the successful implementation of non-GMO…

SA poultry producers to import hatching eggs from Europe

SOUTH AFRICA – Poultry producers have planned to import hatching eggs from Europe, after the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus commonly known as bird flu, resulted to shortages in the country. The H5N8 avian influenza virus had been detected in several countries, with South Africa worst hit triggering shortages in both…

Poultry firm boss to give evidence to inquiry on food safety at plant

UK - The multimillionaire boss of the UK’s largest supplier of supermarket chicken is to be summoned before a parliamentary inquiry after undercover filming revealed poor hygiene standards and altered food safety records. Ranjit Singh Boparan, who founded 2 Sisters Food Group, has been called to give evidence after an investigation by the Guardian and…

Producers to boost biosecurity measures after bird flu outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - SA poultry farmers are scrambling to boost biosecurity measures to curb the spread of the virus, as government considers rolling out a vaccination programme. Speaking to Fin24 by phone on Tuesday, Greg Celliers, a veterinarian for the commercial egg divisions of the Kuipers Group, said farmers are at the mercy of nature…

‘Devastating’ bird flu culling to cost SA farm US$5m

SOUTH AFRICA - The bird flu outbreak at operations of a Gauteng poultry producer has cost it R35m (US$2.6m), plus an additional R30m (US$2.2m) to restore operations. Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile visited a poultry farm in Gauteng, Rooikraal Arendnes, on Tuesday. Producers of Eggbert Eggs - part…

A’Saffa Foods signs financing deal for poultry project expansion

OMAN - A’Saffa Foods SAOG, Oman’s largest fully integrated poultry and processed food producer, has signed a financing deal with Bank Muscat for RO 31.5 million (US$82 million) to finance the company’s expansion plans in the Sultanate. According to the company, the massive expansion project will double the production capacity of A’Saffa Foods from the…

Massive cull to stop avian flu costs Zim company $7.2m

ZIMBABWE - Irvine’s, one of Zimbabwe’s largest food producers, suffered losses of $7.2m after culling chickens due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Irvine’s parent company Innscor on Wednesday said that it had culled 835,000 birds after an avian influenza outbreak at one of its farms. “With the help of the responsible authorities,…