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How often do poultry vets need to visit farms to meet new VFD criteria?
Part 8 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on the new VFD that took...
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NCC to food industry and consumers: Go slow on slower-growing chickens
The National Chicken Council is urging food-service and retail industries, non-governmental organizations and consumers to go slow on the slow-growth chicken trend...
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USDA/APHIS launches VFD training module for health professionals
USDA/APHIS has introduced a new training module to help veterinarians and other health professionals get up to speed on the new veterinary feed directive (VFD)...
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It’s official: FDA implements GFI #213, paving way for new VFD rules
After years of planning, FDA said it has completed implementation of what it calls Guidance for Industry #213 — a process that requires antimicrobials with importance...
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FDA vet offers guidelines for managing VFDs in integrated poultry operations
Part 6 of an exclusive interview with William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on the new VFD that took...
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Plant inspectors help poultry industry monitor welfare
Processors understand that the humane treatment of chickens during processing is simply the right thing to do. It also is the law.
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Get to know the ins and outs of the new veterinary feed directive
In an exclusive interview, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the...
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Broiler-house management is key to preventing winter respiratory disease
By Tak Niino, VMD Technical services veterinarian Zoetis Inc.
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Cage-free hen housing: How far will the pendulum swing?
By John Brown, DVM Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis
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AAAP issues statement on misleading marketing claim for chicken
So, which chicken is healthier and safer for consumers — the brand with the no-nonsense label or the premium brand that claims its chickens were “raised without...
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What’s causing ‘woody breast’ in poultry?
A condition known as “woody breast” is puzzling US poultry scientists investigating why breast-muscle tissue from some broiler flocks is hard and tough instead of...
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The case for ionophores: How they’re different from other antibiotics — and why it matters
Unlike other classes of antibiotics, ionophores are not considered important to human health by top public health and regulatory agencies.
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Infectious Diseases
Video provides practical biosecurity tips for poultry
A training video that provides practical biosecurity tips for protecting commercial poultry flocks from avian influenza and other infectious diseases has been developed by the University of Maryland and the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture.
Environment
Rainwater harvesting helps poultry farms reduce water dependency, save money
A new system for harvesting and storing rainwater from poultry barns provides birds with high quality water while reducing the grower’s dependency on local wells and municipal water systems.
Rules & Regs
Get to know the ins and outs of the new veterinary feed directive
In an exclusive interview, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations that took effect January 1, 2017.
Gut Health
Lasalocid in broilers: What’s behind its resurgence?
Developing a long-term strategy for managing coccidiosis in broilers is more critical today than ever before — not just to preserve the efficacy of our remaining medications, but also to keep control programs cost-effective and sustainable.
Poultry R&D
Researchers evaluate significance of IBV shedding
Shedding of infectious bronchitis virus into the environment by infected birds isn’t a significant problem if birds are well vaccinated, but it can be a problem for naïve birds, according to researchers at the University of Georgia.
Educating Consumers
Marketing vs. Medicine: Finding the balance
Growing demand for poultry raised without food-animal antibiotics has put more pressure on veterinarians to find alternative yet dependable disease-control options, according to a panel of nine experts at a recent roundtable, “Poultry health: New challenges for a new era.”
Skunks, rabbits can indirectly transmit AI viruses, government research indicates
Striped skunks and cottontail rabbits can indirectly transmit low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) to mallard ducks, government research indicates.
Safe Poultry
FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meat
Antibiotic Management
Omitting ionophores raises ethical conflicts for veterinarians
Some advocacy groups believe that more restaurants and foodservice companies should follow the lead of Chipotle, Panera and Chick-fil-A, which only buy chickens raised without any products classified as antibiotics, including ionophores.
DIAGNOSTICS
Biomarkers helping to identify broilers susceptible to wooden breast syndrome
Broiler producers need answers in the battle against wooden or woody breast syndrome — and they need them quickly. While safe for human consumption, the hard, chewy breast meat from affected birds is not marketable and results in significant economic losses for poultry companies.
Expert Advice
Get to know the lesser-known risk factors of necrotic enteritis in broilers
By John A. Smith, DVM, MS, MAM Alectryon LLC Baldwin, Georgia
AAAP: Woody breast, similar broiler-muscle conditions not linked to infectious pathogens or food safety
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