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Pigs bred for meat in Taiwan will no longer need to be vaccinated against swine flu. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The chairman of Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA), Minister Chen Chi-chung, announced that Taiwan is on track to be declared a swine flu-free nation by 2024, and to become the first Asian nation to eradicate swine flu

CPF had announced action plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, under a strategy to reduce emissions throughout the supply chain. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) reported US$141,182 in net profits in the third quarter of 2022 which jumped by 195% on year, thanks mainly to the meat business in Thailand and an increase in investment income sharing

The phytogenic innovation AntaShield has been created to close this gap in the existing biosecurity measures. (Image source: Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition)

Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition, a feed additive company from Germany has introduced its newest phytogenic innovation AntaShield to close the gap in the existing biosecurity measures in the livestock industry

The test uses a small sample of saliva to detect the chemical markers of infection. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Researchers at the McMaster University have developed a new form of rapid test to detect infections in farm animals, responding to the rising threat of dangerous outbreaks.

Science Daily reported that the prototype has been proven effective in detecting a devastating diarrheal infection in pigs and can be adapted to test for other pathogens, and in other animals.

The test, created by biochemist Yingfu Li and engineer Leyla Soleymani and their colleagues, uses a small sample of saliva to detect the chemical markers of infection.

It uses technology similar to a form of test the same research team recently created to detect COVID and other infections in humans. The human test is now moving toward the marketplace with public research funding and corporate support.

The animal test, once it becomes widely available, is expected to be a valuable tool for identifying and isolating outbreaks in farm settings, and for limiting the possibility of animal-to-human transmission of infections, which is believed to be the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There is a really a clear need for this technology," Li said. "There are many reasons why everyone should care about animal-infection surveillance."

The new test could be a significant advancement in the concept of "One Health," the growing understanding of the interconnection between human, animal and ecosystem health.

Creating such technology is part of the mission of McMasters broader Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats.

The researchers have designed the aptamer-based test to be portable, accurate and quick, allowing veterinarians and other animal caretakers to identify, isolate and treat infected animals quickly.

The work has been published in the influential German science journal Angewandte Chemie, which has identified it as a "very important paper" – a specific and rare distinction. The research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

The test works by mixing a small saliva sample with a chemical reagent and applying the blend to a small microchip reader, which is in turn attached to a smartphone, which displays the results in minutes.


inneus aims to positively influence intestinal health in order to help the host better cope with physiological and sanitary challenges in poultry and pigs. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

METEX NOOVISTAGO, an animal nutrition expert from France, has recently announced the launch of a new solution range: inneus for pig and poultry

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