FSA 10/01/11 Animal feed legislation and guidance Feed materials imported into the UK can include some genetically modified (GM) or GM-derived ingredients. Further details about the presence of GM material in animal feed can be found on the Agency’s website. A background note for consumers who may be interested in what is fed to farmed livestock is available. This note summarises the categories of the most commonly used feeds and the typical diets of the main livestock species farmed in the UK (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and fish). The Agency consults with stakeholders while measures are under discussion at the European Commission and subsequently when providing for these measures in national law. A list of all the feed-related legislation for which the Agency is responsible, showing which EU measures they implement or enforce, can be found at the links below.
WORLD POULTRY 04/07/11 Scientists find bacteria from Dutch poultry linked to superbugs in people Bacteria on raw poultry meat in the Netherlands may be a source of superbugs in people, according to a study that suggests the use of antibiotics in food animals is causing life-saving drugs to lose their potency. Multidrug-resistant bacteria were found in 80 percent of raw chicken bought from grocery stores in the southern Netherlands. When the researchers compared the germs with specimens collected from hospital patients, they found the predominant resistance genes were identical.
Medical laboratory scientist A medical laboratory scientist (MLS) (also referred to as a medical technologist, a clinical scientist, or clinical laboratory technologist) is a healthcare professional who performs chemical, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid, as well as other specimens. Medical laboratory scientists work in clinical laboratories at hospitals, doctor's offices, reference labs, biotechnology labs and non-clinical industrial labs. Educational requirements FSAI 28/04/10 Advice on the Safe Usage of Duck Eggs Thursday, 29 July 2010 The FSAI has reissued its advice on the safe consumption of duck eggs, following the confirmation of five new cases of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8. These five cases are in addition to the thirteen cases associated with duck egg consumption during an outbreak earlier this year. The bacteria found in these five cases are similar to those that caused that outbreak and the source of these cases is under investigation.
PLOS 18/10/13 New Avian Paramyxoviruses Type I Strains Identified in Africa Provide New Outcomes for Phylogeny Reconstruction and Genotype Classification Newcastle disease (ND) is one of the most lethal diseases of poultry worldwide. It is caused by an avian paramyxovirus 1 that has high genomic diversity. In the framework of an international surveillance program launched in 2007, several thousand samples from domestic and wild birds in Africa were collected and analyzed. POULTRYSITE 24/09/10 Conference Hears of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Poultry News Conference Hears of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs 24 September 2010 UK - Scientists speaking at a conference at Warwick University this week revealed new levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in intensively reared farm animals that have the potential to spread to humans. The conference, ‘Antimicrobial resistance: from farm to fork and beyond’ was organised by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and was held in association with the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. In his keynote speech Professor Gary French from Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital & King's College, London told delegates: “We are faced with the potential loss of antimicrobial therapy.
OPENTHESIS 24/08/07 Detention of betalactamases of specter expanded (ESBL) in cepas of isolated coliformes of poultry meat comme by de Souza, Germana Conrado Abstract (Summary) The poultry processing industry depends on the biosafety and quality of the products offered to the population, and is the cheapest and more affordable source of proteins. Genetics of animal health and disease in cattle Viral diseases There are many bovine viral diseases in Ireland, including bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) and several viral infections associated with the respiratory system (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis [IBR], bovine parainfluenza-3 [PI-3] and bovine viral syncytial virus [BRSV]). As yet, there has been no Irish research to quantify the genetic variation present in susceptibility to bovine viral diseases. Breed differences in susceptibility to respiratory disease, however, have been demonstrated elsewhere .
EFSA 31/07/14 Scientific Opinion on the public health risks of table eggs due to deterioration and development of pathogens EFSA Journal 2014;12(7):3782[147 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3782 Type: Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel On request from: European Commission Question number: EFSA-Q-2013-00400 Adopted: 10 July 2014 Published: 31 July 2014 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ Panel) was asked by the European Food Safety Authority to deliver a scientific opinion on the public health risks of table eggs due to deterioration and development of pathogens. In order to answer the first ToR, the BIOHAZ Panel based its conclusions on the results of a quantitative model, aimed at describing the behaviour of Salmonella Enteritidis following vertical transmission, since this serovar is recognised to be the major pathogen related to egg-borne disease because of its ability to contaminate the interior of intact eggs during their formation within the body of an infected hen.
DEFRA 26/08/14 Guidance - Paramyxovirus infection: how to spot and report the disease Pigeon paramyxovirus (PPMV) usually affects pigeons. It doesn’t normally affect humans. The disease is currently present in Great Britain. How to spot pigeon paramyxovirus infection Signs of paramyxovirus infection in pigeons may include: