Expert EMS Panel Finalised for GOAL 2014 Conference -

VIET NAM - New presentations just scheduled for the disease risk management sessions at the Global Aquaculture Alliance GOAL 2014 conference will focus largely on new developments in the global fight against early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp. Taken together, these developments mark a changing tide in the battle against EMS.

On 8 October, the second day of the 7-10 October conference organised by the Global Aquaculture Alliance in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, a representative from Mexico will explain how genetic resistance is turning around falling production in that country.

Tim Flegel of the Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency will speak on more efficient polymerase chain reaction diagnostic tools that are providing the first hard data on the presence of EMS in hatcheries, which is leading to improved management techniques.

Loc Tran of the Minh Phu Aquamekong ShrimpVet Lab at Nong Lam University will describe techniques for management of EMS through greater control of the microbial community in shrimp ponds. One method that has proven particularly effective in Viet Nam is polyculture with tilapia.

Regional guidelines for the containment of the spread of "Xylella fastidiosa"

The Office Plant Health Observatory, in collaboration with scientific institutions, organizations of the agricultural sector, professional associations, local governments and regional and provincial structures of the Puglia Region, has developed guidelines with the purpose of providing operational guidance for prevention and containment of the spread of the bacteria affected by both companies 'emergency Xylella fastidiosa both companies, being in the' contaminated areas are at risk and need to take preventive measures.

Drosophila suzukii red alert

WESTERLO, Belgium: Since a couple of years, growers in Western Europe are aware of the threat of Drosophila suzukii or Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). Monitoring programs have been ongoing, with occasional catches. Until last year, the actual damage done in the crop usually remained limited and focused in certain areas (Italy/France, Northern Spain) and certain crops (Cherries, soft fruits). Since a couple of weeks, alert code red applies.

Blumar expects to produce 44000 tonnes of salmon - FIS

Salmon processing. (Photo: Blumar)

Blumar expects to produce 44,000 tonnes of salmon

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Blumar is accelerating plans to increase production, encouraged by improved selling prices and lower costs, which has been an issue in recent months.

According to the firm’s general manager, Gerardo Balbontín, the goal is to expand Atlantic salmon and trout operations by more than 6,000 tonnes throughout 2014, compared with 2013 and produce about 44,000 tonnes of salmon (38,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and about 6,000 tonnes of trout).

The salmon firm produced 28,800 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and 8,800 tonnes of trout last year.

Another BSE Ban Lifted on Brazilian Beef - The Cattle Site

BRAZIL – Egypt joined Iran last week by lifting restrictions imposed on Brazilian beef as part of precautionary actions to an ‘atypical’ case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

The embargoes, in place from May this year, applied to beef reared in Mato Grosso, where the case was identified in a mature animal.

Reflecting on a Brazilian diplomatic mission to Egypt, agriculture minister Neri Geller said: "This was a successful mission. We managed to fulfill our objective - to suspend the beef embargo on both countries."

Mr Geller also discussed future trade opportunities with Egyptian businesses, underlining their keenness for more Brazilian agri-foods.

"There is great interest in the Egyptian business sector to expand imports from Brazil," he said.

Foot and mouth disease vaccination for livestock continues

The 17th round of foot and mouth disease vaccination for livestock, started by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services in South Andaman from August 26, will continue till September 9.

Though Andaman & Nicobar Islands have been maintaining the disease free status against most infectious and contagious diseases afflicting livestock, such as rinderpest, anthrax and black quarter till recently, there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among livestock in a few villages of South Andaman immediately after the tsunami. Since then, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has been implementing the FMD control programme following Central guidelines. All livestock owners are requested to get their animals vaccinated to protect these from the highly contagious foot and mouth disease.

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Company Recalls 25192 Pounds Of Beef - WABI

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.

State officials announced Friday that Bubier Meats of Greene is recalling fresh beef because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed. Federal regulations require removal of the tissue because it could contain bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which can cause fatal brain disease in humans who eat tainted beef.

Bubier Meats says carcasses were distributed to Rosemont Market locations in Portland and Yarmouth, and Maine Meat in Kittery, between November 2013 and August 2014. All products would have been processed into smaller cuts with no identifying consumer packaging.

SA may introduce stricter measures to control foot-and-mouth disease - BDlive

THE government might introduce stricter measures to neighbouring countries that have not implemented sufficient steps to control foot-and-mouth disease, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Monday.

Speaking at the launch of National Arbour Day in Soweto, Mr Zokwana said last week’s suspension of stringent meat export requirements for Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana was meant to allow for negotiations on how to avoid future outbreaks of the disease.

The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease four years ago cost South Africa R4bn in lost exports, which was seen to be largely due to the collapse of the state’s ability to manufacture vaccines.

Mr Zokwana said South Africa’s concern was that the produce from neighbouring countries reached global markets through South Africa, and their inability to quarantine infected areas could lead to local beef producers being cut off and banned.

"The suspension does not mean that the issues are not going to be taken on board. If there is no solution, then we will re-introduce those measures," said Mr Zokwana.


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