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  • Troops Help Southern Baghdad Poultry Industry

    02/25/2008 3:51:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Feb. 25, 2008 – To some, it might be laughable that the economic welfare of an entire community relies on thousands of flightless birds, but in the farming communities of southern Baghdad, chickens represent a significant way ahead. A member of the State Department’s Baghdad 7 embedded provincial reconstruction team is helping these communities establish themselves as centers of poultry production. “Some of these farmers had over 100,000 chickens at one time,” said Mike Stevens, the team’s agricultural advisor. Stevens, a native of Park Rapids, Minn., said farmers from Adwaniyah, Arab Jabour and Hawr Rajab...
  • American Rhode Island Rooster Crowing Contest

    02/24/2008 8:06:46 PM PST · by Revski · 1 replies · 189+ views
    This is none other than Rhode Island’s best rooster crowing contest and in America, number one contest. The applause is a cut section of the applause in the song; King Jesus is a Listening All Night Long, by the 5 blind boys’ of Alabama. The characters are, Clara the RI Hen and Joe Beak RI rooster at left bottom and Sam Loud at bottom right. Voice of contestant #1 Joe Beak is real rooster sound and contestant #2 Sam Loud voice is of o7jimmy.
  • "Terrorist hunt hits poultry processor"

    03/21/2002 7:51:11 PM PST · by Vigilantcitizen · 10 replies · 726+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 3/22/2002 | Tasgola Karla Bruner
    Gainesville -- Officials at Mar-Jac Poultry said they were shocked to find out Thursday that federal officials suspect the company might have ties to terrorist funding. Company Vice President Doug Carnes said at least a half-dozen U.S. Customs agents spent all day Wednesday gathering financial records and charitable contribution files. They were "real nice, professional and complimentary," he said, but they didn't disclose the nature of their visit. It was only on Thursday that Carnes was alerted by company officials in Virginia as to what the agents were looking for. "I'm shocked. I'm in disbelief. I've worked for them for...
  • Soldiers Work With Poultry Growers to Revitalize Chicken Industry

    01/26/2008 10:53:11 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 204+ views
    BAGHDAD — With nearly five years of war taking a toll on Iraq’s domestic poultry industry, overall chicken and egg consumption is down in the country, while 40 percent of the commercial eggs consumed in Baghdad are imported. But with recent security improvements, achieved through the cooperation of local residents and a counter-insurgency strategy implemented by Coalition Forces, an opportunity has been gained to resume production. In Mahmudiyah, an agricultural community south of the Iraqi capital, and a traditional hub of Baghdad province’s poultry industry, some of the most violence of the war effectively halted production of a variety of...
  • Iraqis, troops talk business

    12/30/2007 7:03:29 AM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 144+ views
    Herald/Review ^ | December 30, 2007 | BILL HESS
    KARGULI VILLAGE, Iraq — To build a poultry-based association, American business ideas and Iraqi cultural ways will have to merge. This is especially true in the fertile Euphrates Valley, where agriculture was a fairly profitable business just a few years ago.As part of America’s armed forces of reaching out to civilian communities in an effort to reduce the hold al-Qaida in Iraq and other insurgents have on the population, small units are seeking ways to improve the lives of Iraqis in their areas of responsibility. For the Rakkasans of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 187th Infantry, 101st...
  • Suit focuses on Tyson relationship with advocacy group

    11/06/2007 8:20:56 AM PST · by pulaskibush · 53 replies · 3,011+ views
    AR Dem Gazette (leftist newspaper) ^ | 11/05/07 | MICHELLE BRADFORD
    The plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing Tyson Foods Inc. of hiring illegal aliens to work at poultry plants are focusing on the meat producer’s relationship with the League of Latin American Citizens. The class-action suit in U. S. District Court in Eastern Tennessee claims Springdale-based Tyson Foods knowingly hired illegal aliens to work for wages below what American workers would take. It was filed in April 2002 on behalf of former Tyson workers in several states, not including Arkansas. Trial is set for March 3. The plaintiffs in Trollinger v. Tyson are chicken plant workers who said they were harmed...
  • US and China Fail to See Eye-To-Eye on Poultry

    09/08/2007 8:29:08 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 411+ views
    World Poultry Magazine ^ | September 7, 2007 | World Poultry Magazine
    US and Chinese officials recently met in Beijing for agricultural trade talks. However, the two parties failed to agree with issues regarding poultry trade. China's zero-tolerance for salmonella in raw poultry was discussed in length. "How can you produce poultry without traces of salmonella? It's killed when you cook it," said USDA's Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Mark Keenum, who led the US delegation. As for China, "They simply reaffirmed their position," he stated. On the other hand, Keenum said that the USDA is working to produce rules that would allow China to export cooked chicken products to...
  • Local Chicken Houses Vulnerable To Terror Threat

    08/20/2007 1:45:35 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 42 replies · 982+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | staff reporter
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the nation's chicken houses could be added to the list of potential terrorism targets. Under the department's chemical security standards, facilities with more than 1,785 gallons of propane gas could be considered high-risk. Nearly every poultry grower on the Delmarva peninsula would be affected beacause most chicken houses use propane for heat. If designated a security risk, chicken house owners would be required to complete vulnerability assessments and develop site security plans. Senators Mikulski and Cardin from Maryland and Carper from Delaware have sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael...
  • Virginia Bans Poultry Sales After Discovering Bird Flu Antibodies In Turkeys

    07/10/2007 2:39:51 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 615+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-10-2007
    <p>ROANOKE, Virginia — Virginia banned all live poultry sales and shows for the rest of July following the discovery of avian flu antibodies in a flock of 54,000 turkeys on a poultry farm.</p> <p>State veterinarian Richard Wilkes issued an order Monday canceling all sales and exhibitions, Elaine Lidholm, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said Tuesday. The ban remains in effect until July 30.</p>
  • Over 100 Poultry Workers in South Carolina Test Positive for TB

    06/21/2007 9:26:41 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 45 replies · 1,968+ views
    AC the peoples media ^ | 6/21/07 | Jorge M. Rivas
    Over 100 Poultry Workers in South Carolina Test Positive for TB Acting on reported TB case of one of the workers at the Columbia Farms factory, Health Officials in conjunction with other authorities decided to formally evaluate the entire processing plant and conduct a close-contact investigation. There were 900 workers at this site, but in accordance to a CDC algorithm that assesses risk contacts, officials only tested 286 of the factories employees. Out of this group, 131 exhibited a positive skin test for tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (TB, Tuberculum Bacillum) is chiefly caused by a species of bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. This...
  • Tyson will no longer sell fresh chicken raised with antibiotics

    06/20/2007 6:36:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies · 1,086+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 20, 2007 | LAUREN SHEPHERD
    Associated Press NEW YORK -- NEW YORK Tyson Foods will no longer use antibiotics to raise chicken that is sold fresh in stores and will launch a $70 million advertising campaign to tout the shift, the nation's largest meat producer said Tuesday. The company said fresh chicken raised without antibiotics was shipped to stores Monday and will be sold beginning later this week in packaging that emphasizes that there are no artificial ingredients. "We're providing mainstream consumers with products they want," Tyson Chief Executive Richard L. Bond said at a news conference. Consumers will have to pay slightly more for...
  • Chicken bones show Polynesians went to Chile (Told ya so!)

    06/05/2007 5:31:36 AM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 47 replies · 1,115+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5 June 2007 | Maggie Fox
    Chicken bones show Polynesians went to Chile By MAGGIE FOX - Reuters | Tuesday, 5 June 2007 A chicken bone found in Chile provides solid evidence to settle a debate over whether Polynesians travelling on rafts visited South America thousands of years ago – or vice versa, New Zealand researchers have said. The DNA in the bone carries a rare mutation that links it to chickens in Tonga and Samoa, and radiocarbon dating shows it is around 600 years old – meaning it predates the arrival of Spanish conquerors in South America. "These chickens are related to hens from Polynesia,"...
  • Friday is International Respect for Chickens Day

    05/04/2007 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 121 replies · 1,294+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | May 01, 2007 | Gary Bogue
    Friday is International Respect for Chickens Day Every so often a press release comes scratching at the door and just CROWS for your attention. Why did this press release cross the road? To stick up for chickens! MACHIPONGO, Va., May 1, PRNewswire — United Poultry Concerns is pleased to announce our Third Annual International Respect for Chickens Day, May 4. We urge everyone to do an ACTION of compassion for chickens that day — from writing a letter to the editor to tabling at a local mall to showing the movie Chicken Run to going vegan — for life. What...
  • Protestors focus on NAIS, TTC during march in Austin

    03/13/2007 12:31:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 618+ views
    Country World ^ | March 13, 2007 | Monette Taylor
    Those familiar with the political scene know the unexpected is often expected, and March 2 was an example of that when opponents to the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) marched to the state Capitol in Austin. The event included people from all over Texas, either walking or riding one of the many horses, tractors, or flat-bed trailers. The march included a woman with a caged chicken on the head, children enjoying the excitement, and plenty of signs that ranged from “Don’t Tag Texas” to “Think green ... not pavement.” One person in the parade was NAIS...
  • Feds To Toughen Meat, Poultry Inspection

    02/18/2007 11:19:31 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 383+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-18-2007 | Libby Quaid
    Feds to Toughen Meat, Poultry Inspection Sunday February 18, 2007 6:46 PM By LIBBY QUAID AP Food and Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The first major changes to food inspection in a decade will increase federal scrutiny of meat and poultry plants where the danger from E. coli and other germs is high or where past visits have found unsafe practices. The new policy will result in fewer inspections at plants with lower risks and better records for handling meat and poultry. ``We're just putting resources where the risk is greatest, and those plants that demonstrate excellent control will get...
  • Britons strive to contain bird flu

    02/04/2007 1:50:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 642+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2007 | from combined dispatches
    HOLTON, England -- Britain scrambled to contain its first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in domestic poultry yesterday after the virus was found at a farm run by Europe's biggest turkey producer. About 2,500 turkeys have died since Thursday at the Bernard Matthews farm near Lowestoft in eastern England. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said all 159,000 turkeys on the farm would be culled. "We're in new territory," National Farmers' Union Poultry Board Chairman Charles Bourns said. "We've every confidence in DEFRA, but until we know how this disease arrived,...
  • Russia Plays Chicken with the U.S.

    08/22/2006 11:14:34 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 16 replies · 692+ views
    Kommersant ^ | August 22, 2006 |
    Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexey Gordeev met with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday in Sochi to discuss trade with the United States. Gordeev has suggested depriving the U.S. of its 80-percent quota on chicken imports to Russia in response to the U.S. refusal to sign off on Russia's accession to the World Trade Association.
  • Letter to the Vermont Standard on Premises ID

    06/26/2006 3:49:08 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 478+ views ^ | 2006-06-19 | Walter Jeffries
    The Vermont Standard, a weekly newspaper, ran a very biased article about NAIS and Premise ID that looked like it had been written by the Public Relations officer from the Vermont Department of Agriculture. Here is my Letter to the Editor in reply:The Vermont Standard Post Office Box 88 Woodstock, Vermont 05091 802-457-1313vstand@sover.net Dear Editor, I read your article "Some Bird Raisers Cry Fowl Over Pending Regulations" and was very disappointed. Your writer, Cassie Horner, just doesn't get it. Premise ID and the USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will do nothing to protect us from Avian Influenza (AI),...
  • Officials 'stumped' by Indonesian bird flu

    05/24/2006 5:25:34 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 26 replies · 892+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | ANTHONY DEUTSCH
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The U.N. health agency described the deaths of six Indonesian family members from bird flu as the most important development in the spread of the virus since 2003, saying it is investigating whether the disease has spread from person to person. "We have a team down there, they are examining what is going on and they can't find an animal source of this infection," said Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the Western Pacific region of the World Health Organization. "This is the first time that we've been completely stumped" by a source for the infection, he said. Six...
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...
  • EU To Help Stricken Poultry Farms (Bird Flu)

    04/25/2006 2:50:59 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 228+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-25-2006
    EU to help stricken poultry farms France is the biggest poultry exporter in the EU European Union agriculture ministers have approved a subsidy package for poultry farmers hit by falling sales and prices due to bird flu. The European Commission will cover half the costs incurred by EU governments. Farmers will be eligible if they can prove that bird flu led to a slump in demand for their poultry. EU data show that poultry sales have fallen by up to 70% in some EU countries, while prices have slumped by 13% on average. Poultry sales are especially weak in Italy,...
  • U.S. to Allow China Processed Poultry In

    04/20/2006 5:53:52 PM PDT · by dvan · 51 replies · 816+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/20/2006 | LIBBY QUAID, AP Food and Farm Writer
    WASHINGTON - Poultry processed in China will be allowed to enter the United States despite outbreaks of deadly bird flu in China, the Bush administration said Thursday. Critics said the imported poultry will put public health at risk. The Agriculture Department said the meat would be fully cooked and perfectly safe. "It will have been processed," said Richard Raymond, the department's undersecretary for food safety. "Cooking will kill the virus, if there is any virus, in poultry meat." The U.S. does not accept live poultry from countries where the virulent flu strain is present. That policy has not changed. The...
  • Tyson stock falls as bird flu hits outlook (Illegals affected)

    04/20/2006 2:23:33 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 11 replies · 627+ views
    See B.S. MarketWatch ^ | 4/20/06 | AP
    Shares of Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest chicken and beef producer, fell Thursday after the company slashed its earnings outlook because bird flu fears are suppressing demand and prices for exported chicken. Tyson of Springdale, Ark., saw its stock retreat 2.6%, or 35 cents, to close at $12.92. The shares lost as much as 3.9% at one point in the session. After the markets closed Wednesday, the company forecast a second-quarter loss of 38 cents a share and set a fiscal 2006 range for a loss of 25 cents to earnings of 10 cents a share. Analysts polled by...
  • Poultry Worker Opens Fire at Ark. Plant (suspended Tyson Foods Inc. employee)

    04/20/2006 11:49:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,446+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/06 | AP
    PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A Tyson Foods Inc. employee who had just been suspended from his job returned to the poultry processing plant carrying two pistols and opened fire, wounding a co-worker before police shot the gunman, officials said. The victim was shot in the groin but listed in good condition at a hospital Thursday morning. The 24-year-old suspected gunman was in critical condition. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the worker had been escorted out of the plant Wednesday evening but reappeared later that night with weapons. "While we're still gathering details, we can tell you plant supervisors began evacuating...
  • Avian Flu: Wild Birds, Pets And Poultry Now At Risk

    04/06/2006 6:14:39 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 389+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-7-2006 | Sandra Laville
    Avian flu: wild birds, pets and poultry now at risk More swans tested amid fears deadly virus will spread across UK Sandra Laville and Ian Sample Friday April 7, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The lethal avian flu virus found in a swan in Scotland is almost certain to spread to wild birds across the UK before threatening Britain's poultry industry, experts warned yesterday. Their prediction came as a further 14 swans were being tested for the deadly H5N1 virus that scientists yesterday confirmed had killed the mute swan found in the village of Cellardyke in Fife. The investigation has now...
  • Scotland: Bird flu alert: infected swan is found in Fife

    04/05/2006 8:09:32 PM PDT · by bd476 · 36 replies · 458+ views
    Bird flu alert: infected swan is found in Fife Swan populations across Scotland will come under increased scrutiny as the birds are thought to be one of the most prolific carriers. Picture: Rob McDougall * A dead swan found in Fife has tested positive for bird flu * The tests have yet to prove if it is the H5N1 strain of the virus * There is a 3km protection zone around the site at Cellardyke Key quote "We must interrogate the forensics - how did the bird get there, was this the index case or was it another bird that...
  • "Unlawful Possession Of Laying Hens"

    03/27/2006 2:00:18 PM PST · by UncleShred · 75 replies · 1,682+ views$rec=17372 ^ | Friday, March 24, 2006 | NICK GARDINER
    "Unlawful Possession Of Laying Hens" Egg farmer stands his ground in raid By NICK GARDINER Staff Writer SHANLY -- A 10-hour standoff between federal food inspectors and a local egg farmer backed by 40 landowners ended Thursday evening when thousands of confiscated eggs and chickens - many dead or dying after going hours without ventilation or water - were released back to the owner. Inspectors who raided the County Road 21 farm near the Grenville-Dundas County border allege Shawn Carmichael, owner of Carmichael Poultry Farm at 317 County Road 21, had been selling ungraded or improperly graded eggs and lacked...
  • Business Prepares for the Possibility of Avian Flu in the United States

    03/20/2006 9:31:39 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 620+ views
    NYT ^ | 03/21/06 | MELANIE WARNER
    March 21, 2006 Business Prepares for the Possibility of Avian Flu in the United States By MELANIE WARNER The deadly strain of avian flu has not been found anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, but Mark Holden, a chicken grower for Tyson Foods in Ellijay, Ga., is not taking any chances. Every seven weeks a group of his chickens is tested before the birds are sent to be slaughtered. All people who enter or leave the chicken houses must walk through disinfecting baths. And visitors and workers must wear plastic booties over their shoes. "Even though we don't have any outbreak...
  • CNN Perplexed by Calm U.S. Public

    03/20/2006 12:02:47 PM PST · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 63 replies · 2,629+ views ^ | March 20, 2006 | Ken Shepherd
    “We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,” said CNN’s Jack Cafferty on March 18. He was talking about bird flu, and his admission just confirmed the Free Market Project’s ongoing analysis of media coverage. The “In the Money” co-host’s comments came as the show’s panel looked at “Stock of the Week” Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN), which has seen a 20-percent loss in value recently from overseas bird flu scares. Co-host Jennifer Westhoven marveled at the American public’s apparent nonchalance about the H5N1 avian flu virus. “I’m amazed that Americans at this point are really fairly unconcerned” about bird...
  • Spooked by Bird Flu, Egyptians Hoard Water

    03/19/2006 7:51:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 412+ views
    WP ^ | 02/26/06 | Daniel Williams
    Spooked by Bird Flu, Egyptians Hoard Water Residents of Cairo Fear Chickens Dumped in the Nile Could Infect Their Drinking Supply By Daniel Williams Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, February 26, 2006; A12 CAIRO, Feb. 25 -- Of all the panicky ways that people worldwide have sought protection from bird flu, perhaps the most striking took root among Egyptians last week. Via e-mail and through advice dispensed on crowded city streets, word went out: Don't drink the water. Farmers, including the rooftop poultry breeders that are a Cairo fixture, had begun to dump stricken, dead chickens into the Nile River,...
  • USDA Comes Under Fire For Blocking Livestock Market Probes

    03/10/2006 12:34:26 PM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Cattle Network ^ | 3/9/2006 6:18:00 PM
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The integrity and competence of the U.S. Department of Agriculture were called into question Thursday by U.S. senators concerned with the USDA's failure for several years to investigate anti-competitive cases in the livestock and meat packing sectors. "It is totally unacceptable of our government to conduct business in this way," Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said at a Thursday hearing. He threatened to call USDA officials back up to Capitol Hill again if improvements aren't made. The Senate committee called the Thursday hearing to demand answers from the USDA over a recent Inspector General report charging...
  • National Animal ID (NAIS) Handout

    03/08/2006 10:35:07 AM PST · by pubwvj · 152 replies · 1,777+ views ^ | 03/08/2006 | Walter Jeffries
    What is NAIS? NAIS is the USDA's National Animal Identification System Draft Strategic Plan to let the government track the births, deaths, co-mingling and all movements of all livestock in the United States. Which animals are covered? Currently horses, cattle, goats, poultry, sheep, swine, alpacas, llamas, bison, deer and elk. NAIS is not limited to these animals and may also be extended to include dogs, rabbits & other animals. See documents at: Who must participate? Anyone with one or more of the covered animals will be required to register their home or business for a 7-digit Premises Identification...
  • US prepares for likely bird flu outbreak

    03/04/2006 2:03:42 PM PST · by xcamel · 70 replies · 1,174+ views
    The Age (AU) ^ | March 5, 2006 - 7:04AM |
    US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says the United States is preparing for a likely outbreak of avian flu and assured consumers that poultry remains safe to eat. "There is no way to put a big cage around the United States. I think it is fair to assume we'll deal with ... avian influenza," said Johanns, who was attending a pork producers' meeting in Kansas City. "We could see it in domestic flocks as well as (wild) birds." The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed birds in more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. It has...
  • 43 countries ban French poultry

    03/01/2006 6:37:25 PM PST · by quantim · 8 replies · 413+ views ^ | Wed 1 Mar 2006
    A total of 43 countries, representing more than 12% of French exports, have partially or totally banned poultry products from France, the EU's biggest producer now battling lethal bird flu, its government has said.Trade Minister Christine Lagarde suggested that the situation was worrying and, in a statement, said the ministry has decided to work with the French Poultry Confederation to "manage this crisis".The US was among the latest countries to restrict French products, banning poultry and live bird shipments from the Ain region of south-east France where H5N1 bird flu has been found on a turkey farm, the first H5N1...
  • France stops exporting poultry to Russia

    02/28/2006 7:42:13 AM PST · by x5452 · 6 replies · 287+ views
    interfax ^ | Feb 28 2006
    Feb 28 2006 1:40PM France stops exporting poultry to Russia MOSCOW. Feb 28 (Interfax) - France stopped exporting poultry products to Russia on Tuesday because of the outbreak of bird flu. France has thus fulfilled the conditions of the single veterinary certificate between Russia and the European Union, the Russian Agriculture Ministry said in a press release. The H5N1 bird flu virus has been discovered in France, it was reported earlier citing the French Agriculture Ministry. About 20 countries have introduced a partial or complete ban on French poultry products, including Egypt, China, Morocco, Thailand and Japan. France is the...
  • Act Now To Protect Poultry, UK Urged (Bird Flu)

    02/20/2006 5:11:54 PM PST · by blam · 215+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-21-2006 | James Sturcke
    Act now to protect poultry, UK urged James Sturcke and agencies Monday February 20, 2006 All Britain's 180 million farm birds should be brought indoors or vaccinated against bird flu, a respected expert said today, as the government admitted the risk of the virus reaching the UK had increased. Tony Blair's official spokesman conceded there was a "higher" risk of the virus hitting the UK but said this was not yet inevitable. Ministers attempted to curb panic and said there were no plans to bring poultry indoors at this stage or carry out mass vaccinations. France and the Netherlands have...
  • EU Wants Better Life for Chickens [Insert Appropriate Joke About Frenchmen Here]

    02/14/2006 10:35:07 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 22 replies · 362+ views
    STRASBOURG, France -- European Union lawmakers on Tuesday called for chickens raised for meat production to be kept in better conditions and asked the EU executive to standardize penalties for poultry farmers who do not comply with the rules. The European Parliament said sufficient ventilation, regular feeding times, permanent access to water, minimal noise, dry litter and twice daily inspections should be provided at all chicken farms. It also called for birds to be housed in less crowded conditions and urged the EU member states to ban practices such as beak trimming and castration of male chickens. National authorities should...
  • Bird Flu Strikes Fear Into Italy's Shoppers

    02/13/2006 5:50:08 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 374+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-14-2006 | Hilary Clarke
    Bird flu strikes fear into Italy's shoppers By Hilary Clarke (Filed: 14/02/2006) Poultry sales in Italy have plunged by more than 50 per cent after bird flu was discovered in a wild swan in Sicily last Friday. Amid the panic, one driver for a battery chicken farm who had lost his job killed his wife and daughter before cutting his own throat. Police believe Claudio Robello, 48, of Grezzano, near Verona, was tipped over the edge by being laid off because of falling sales. He killed his 44-year-old wife and 10-year-old daughter with a knife and hammer in a frenzied...
  • A Scientific Puzzle: Some Turks Have Bird Flu Virus but Aren't Sick

    01/10/2006 10:05:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 676+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2006 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 10 - Two young brothers, ages 4 and 5, who have tested positive for the dreaded A(H5N1) avian virus but shown no symptoms of the disease were being closely watched at Kecioren Hospital here on Tuesday. Doctors are unsure whether they are for the first time seeing human bird flu in its earliest stages or if they are discovering that infection with the A(H5N1) virus does not always lead to illness. In any case, the highly unusual cluster of five cases detected here in Turkey's capital over the last three days - all traceable to contact with...
  • Poultry workers 'may have bird flu'

    01/08/2006 11:08:55 AM PST · by Founding Father · 2 replies · 251+ views
    The Advertiser ^ | January 8, 2006
    ABOUT 40 poultry farm workers in northern Japan are suspected of having been infected with a mild form of bird flu, an official and a media report said today. Officials at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases have been testing the blood samples of the workers in Ibaraki Prefecture (state) since the first outbreak of bird flu there in June. Some of them have tested positive for antibodies to H5N2 - a milder strain of bird flu than the deadly H5N1 - in preliminary tests. The presence of antibodies means the people were once exposed, according to Hiroshi Takimoto, an...
  • Semi Full Of Chickens Crashes Into Building

    12/29/2005 11:05:21 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 23 replies · 533+ views
    WBBM TV 2 ^ | 12/29/2005 | WBBM TV 2
    CBS) CHICAGO It was supposed to be a right turn, but something went wrong. A semi carrying a load of chickens wound up smashing into the side of Aurelio’s Restaurant in the West Loop Thursday morning. The driver apparently misjudged how much room he needed to make that right turn onto Harrison from Canal Street. No people were injured. No chickens were injured. Inspectors are checking out the building to see if it’s stable.
  • Scientists now suspect farm-raised poultry -- not wild birds -- spreads bird flu

    12/28/2005 10:21:11 AM PST · by Fawn · 13 replies · 468+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 12-28-05 | By Andrew Bridges
    WASHINGTON -- Bird flu appears more likely to wing its away around the globe by plane than by migrating birds. Scientists have been unable to link the spread of the virus to migratory patterns, suggesting that the thousands of wild birds that have died, primarily waterfowl and shore birds, are not primary transmitters of bird flu.
  • Three or Four Injured in Perdue (Chicken) Explosion (Salisbury, MD)

    12/13/2005 7:24:23 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 124 replies · 3,097+ views
    WAVY ^ | 12/13/2005 | n/a
    Three or four injured in Perdue explosion SALISBURY, Md. Firefighters in Salisbury, Maryland say three or four people were taken to the hospital following a chemical explosion this morning at the Perdue Farms plant. Fire department spokesman Steve Dickerson tells The Associated Press the explosion happened about 5:30 a-m while a truck was unloading sodium chloride at the plant. The exact cause of the explosion isn't clear. Dickerson says the injuries are NOT serious. Workers reported a partial building collapse. Some cinder blocks appeared to be missing from one of the buildings at the plant. Hazardous materials teams from two...
  • Woman eats whole turkey in 12 minutes

    11/23/2005 10:25:38 PM PST · by quantim · 29 replies · 1,652+ views ^ | November 24, 2005 | correspondents in New York
    A DAY before millions of Americans sit down to eat traditional Thanksgiving dinners, a Virginia woman grabbed the world turkey-eating title by gobbling down a whole roast bird in 12 minutes. Sonya Thomas, 37, who weighs just 47.5 kilograms, beat seven men in today's annual Thanksgiving Invitational: a race to eat a 4.5 kilogram turkey. The smallest in the field, Ms Thomas put her victory down to "swallowing fast". "It was very dry and the skin was very dry," said Mr Thomas, holding her trophy, a roasting pan, over her head. "I just tried to eat fast." Venerated in competitive...
  • U.S. Bans Poultry From British Columbia

    11/21/2005 9:16:28 PM PST · by Daralundy · 7 replies · 281+ views
    Associated Press via ABC News ^ | November 21, 2005 | LIBBY QUAID
    U.S. Agriculture Department Bans Poultry From British Columbia Because of Bird Flu WASHINGTON - The United States banned poultry from mainland British Columbia on Monday because of a case of bird flu, though Canadian officials said it wasn't the virulent form in Southeast Asia blamed for more than 60 human deaths. The governments of Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong indicated they would take similar action. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday that a duck at a commercial poultry farm in British Columbia had tested positive for bird flu. The virus was a low-pathogenic North American form that doesn't kill...
  • Court Papers Show Charges That Group Aided Terrorists

    10/18/2003 2:19:51 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 11 replies · 525+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 18, 2003 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    ASHINGTON, Oct. 17 — Federal law enforcement authorities said in court documents unsealed on Friday that they suspected a group of Islamic charities in Northern Virginia of laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars or more from Saudi Arabia to help finance terrorist attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.The authorities said in documents that they suspected that the network of charitable and educational institutions known as the Saar group in Herndon, Va., used an elaborate system of domestic and overseas financial transactions to "blur the trail" of its revenues and disguise the fact that it was sending money to aid...
  • Beijing Poultry Markets Shut on Bird Flu Fears

    11/07/2005 1:53:17 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 17 replies · 311+ views ^ | Monday, November 07, 2005
    Beijing Poultry Markets Shut on Bird Flu Fears Monday, November 07, 2005 BEIJING — Authorities ordered all live poultry markets in China's capital to close immediately and went door-to-door seizing chickens and ducks from private homes, as the government dramatically beefed up its fight against bird flu (search) on Monday. Beijing also announced that 6 million birds had been slaughtered around the site of China's most recent bird flu outbreak, and the World Health Organization (search) said it had been asked to help in the reopened investigation of the country's possible first human cases of the virus. The escalation of...
  • Russia - No confirmation of bird flu in Tula

    10/18/2005 4:03:52 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 307+ views ^ | October 18, 2005 - 10:54 No confirmation of bird flu in Tula - official
  • Indonesia finds H5N1 infected but healthy chickens

    10/05/2005 7:44:19 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 6 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters Asia ^ | 05 Oct 2005 11:36:28 GMT | staff
    HONG KONG, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Indonesian health authorities have found chickens which tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus but which appear to be healthy, a sign that the bug may become harder to detect, officials in Hong Kong and Jakarta said. Some species of waterfowl, like ducks and geese, are natural hosts of the H5N1 and do not fall ill from it. But the virus has always been known to be virulent in chickens, which fall sick quickly and die within 24 hours of contracting it. Hong Kong's Health Minister York Chow said authorities in Indonesia had...
  • UN expects bird flu to spread Agency urges nations to watch poultry farms

    09/03/2005 2:53:14 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 204+ views
    Boston Globe via Yahoo! ^ | September 1, 2005 | Alessandra Rizzo from AP
    The bird flu virus that has hit several Asian countries is likely to spread to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the UN food agency warned yesterday... The most immediate threat is to poultry farms, but the virus' spread also increases fears that it could mutate into a form dangerous to humans. A coordinated international response to bird flu is ''absolutely necessary," said President Jacques Chirac of France, who joined in the warning from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Eliminating the bird flu outbreak is important for human health because each time the virus passes from bird to bird,...