New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock
AllAboutFeed, Wednesday 1 July 2015

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections. Professor Mark Cook's work focuses on a fundamental immune “off-switch” called Interleukin 10 or IL-10, manipulated by bacteria and many other pathogens to defeat the immune system during infection.

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ASF-resistant pigs bred in UK
PigProgress, Monday 29 June 2015

The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute is breeding pigs with a warthog gene to resist African swine fever (ASF). The newborn piglets, which are designed to be resistant to the disease African swine fever, could be among the first commercially viable GM animals to have been created in Britain, reports the Guardian.

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India’s feed industry to double in size in 5 years
AllAboutFeed, Wednesday 24 June 2015

India's animal feed industry is expected to double in size, to $30 billion in 5 years, with poultry, cattle and aqua feed sectors as major growth drivers, reports The Financial Express.

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Chinese police arrest more meat smugglers in grey-trade crackdown
BeefCentral, Wednesday 24 June 2015

Chinese authorities have again clamped down on smugglers involved in the ‘grey-trade’ importation of foodstuffs, including beef, aimed at avoiding import tariffs and providing access for countries of origin other than those approved by the Chinese Government. Smuggling cases representing a total of 122,000 tonnes of beef had been investigated by Chinese authorities so far this year.

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Novel H5N9 virus described as hybrid of H5N1, H7N9
CIDRAP FLU SCAN, Monday 22 June 2015

Chinese researchers who analyzed influenza viruses from poultry in live-bird markets say they have discovered a novel H5N9 virus that represents a hybrid of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu virus and a human H7N9 virus, along with other elements.

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The classification of antimicrobials – a clash of views
PigProgress, Monday 22 June 2015

Over recent years there has been a divergence in views between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and thankfully, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) over the classification of antimicrobials and their use in human and veterinary medicine.

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Thailand reports first MERS case; South Korea adds 3
CIDRAP NEWS, Thursday 18 June 2015

Thailand today announced its first MERS-CoV case, involving a 75-year-old man who arrived from Oman to receive medical care for a heart condition, making the country the 17th outside of the Arabian Peninsula to detect the virus in a traveler.

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