May 28, 2013
Mexico's broiler production could reach three million tonnes in 2013
Despite recent avian influenza H7N3 outbreaks in the states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Tlaxcala and Jalisco, Mexico's broiler production could reach a record 2,975,000 tonnes this year.
This is according to the "International Egg and Poultry Review" from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Programmes.
For 2012, production estimates decreased from 2,965,000 tonnes to 2,958,000 tonnes. In 2011, broiler meat production reached 2,906,000 tonnes. In 2011, Jalisco was ranked as Mexico's largest poultry meat producing state, responsible for 11.5% of national production.
Since the first outbreak announced last year, Mexico has reported 53 outbreaks and the slaughter of over five million birds. Its government officials affirmed that control measures have been taken to contain any further disease outbreaks.
In early May, the Mexican Food Safety Agency (SENASICA) confirmed the presence of the bird flu in Puebla state, after laboratory tests proved "positive" for the virus at a poultry farm in the city of Palmar de Bravo. As a result, the organisation ordered the slaughter of 55,000 birds.
The SENASICA also removed hazardous materials, bird feed, cages, and thoroughly disinfected the affected poultry farm. It inspected other 271 poultry processing plants and farms in the state and, according to the Secretary of Agriculture, "it has not found further evidence of any other outbreaks."