AI case reported from Russia
Far East Russia report a case of AI at one of the largest broiler companies, Amur Broiler, which manufactures 16,000 tonnes of broiler meat, in Russia’s far eastern region, which traditionally has the lowest levels of self-sufficiency in all types of meat and poultry. Due to the incident, it is reported that Amur Broiler has said it will need to cease operations until 16 September, and this is likely to cause a shortage of chilled poultry meat in local markets. No virus confirmed yet a on August 23rd held press conference, the deputy governor of Amur Oblast, said repeat inspections have not revealed the presence of the most common AI strains, including H5, H7 and H9. In this regard, the deputy governor said, that the company was considered AI-free, so it should be able to restore full-scale operations soon. Of particular importance, was the fact that Amur Broiler had not lost the parent flock of broilers, which was kept separately. According to information from the company, it is the growing Hubbard F15 Breeder, which is imported into Russia.
Several regional Russia media outlets have already reported that chilled poultry meat from Amur Broiler has been already disappeared from retail, causing a temporary shortage of broiler meat in Russia’s far eastern region. Some reports have suggested consumers are refraining from purchasing poultry due to discussions about AI strains that are fatal to humans, which could penetrate the region. In early April 2017, deputy head of Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Nikolay Vlasov, warned that Russia’s far eastern region was under threat from the AI strain from south-east Asia, which are different from the types of virus identified earlier this year in Moscow, Rostov and Astrakhan Oblast, all in the European part of Russia.