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Brazil lifts suspension of beef exports to China

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s government said Thursday it has lifted a suspension of beef exports to China after dealing with an atypical case of BSE, sending shares of Marfrig Global Foods, Minerva and other Brazilian meatpackers soaring. The suspension had been in effect since June 3 after a case was reported in a […] Read more

KFC testing vegan ‘chicken’ burger in U.K.

Reuters — Yum Brands’ KFC is looking to tap into the popularity of plant-based protein foods by rolling out a vegan version of its classic chicken burger at some outlets in the U.K. The new burger, called “the Imposter Burger,” will have a fillet made from a meat substitute product, Quorn, instead of its classic […] Read more

No proof natural compound prevents swine fever, China ag ministry says

Beijing | Reuters — China’s ministry of agriculture said on Thursday a company which claimed a natural compound was effective in preventing African swine fever did not have government approval to research the virus and its assertions were not scientifically sound. Shopping mall operator Guangdong Highsun Group was questioned by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange earlier […] Read more

A barn marked with a Be Seen Be Safe notification.

Ontario technology to track poultry production systems in Alberta

The goal of Be Seen Be Safe technology is to minimize disease spread

With the threat of African swine fever hanging over the pork industry and a devastating new tomato virus just discovered in Ontario for the first time, the need for biosecurity in the agriculture sector has never been stronger. Hand in hand is the ability to quickly and easily track movement on and off farms, which […] Read more

PhD candidate Emily Leishman is investigating management styles and their effect on footpad dermatitis and aggressive pecking in turkey operations across Canada.

Researcher looks at turkey management and bird health

Changed management practices should aid in turkey welfare

Emily Leishman, a PhD candidate with the University of Guelph hopes to understand housing and management practices on turkey farms as part of her doctoral research. She is investigating the association between housing and management, and footpad dermatitis and aggressive pecking. Why it matters: There are no studies outlining the severity of footpad dermatitis (FPD) […] Read more