US supports Mexican poultry industry in wake of AI outbreak

25-07-2012 | | |

The US poultry industry has expressed its support for Mexican poultry producers as they battle against avian influenza (AI).

Under the auspices of the NAFTA Egg and Poultry Partnership (NEPP), the US and Mexican poultry industries have a long history of dialogue and cooperation on issues of common concern, particularly animal health.

Recently, a particularly serious form of highly pathogenic AI appeared in commercial egg laying hen flocks in a region in the state of Jalisco. The Mexican government and Mexican poultry industry are currently fighting back against this natural disaster.

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and Mexico’s Union Nacional de Avicultores (UNA) have established a NEPP working group on AI to identify issues and projects on which the two industries can coordinate to help Mexico deal with this outbreak. This working group is supported by various US organisations, including the American Egg Board, the National Chicken Council, the National Turkey Federation, the US Poultry and Egg Association, United Egg Producers, and the USAPEEC International Poultry Development Program, as well as the International Egg Commission and the International Poultry Council.

Fortunately, there are also internationally-recognised standards established by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that identify strategies and protocols for controlling and eliminating the disease. These procedures include containment, management of poultry movement, zoning and compartmentalization, humane stamping out, and vaccination when appropriate. The OIE strategies, when fully and properly implemented, will provide an effective path for handling this crisis. With depopulation of affected flocks as the primary focus, Mexico is incorporating the OIE strategies and the US industry stands ready to help Mexico in its efforts.

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