Lawrenceville, GA – As the number of confirmed Avian Influenza incidents in Europe rises and the United States poultry industry watches closely for signs of outbreak, pathogen control specialist Anitox has confirmed recent independent trial results show Termin-8® rapidly controls Avian Influenza (AI) virus in feed.

Independent research will be presented by Dr. Haroldo Toro of Auburn University at International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), supporting Termin-8 treatment as a method for preventing AI contamination in feed and potentially offering poultry producers an additional tool in the battle against AI.

Anitox CEO and poultry veterinarian, Dr. Rick Phillips says, “The recently published United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, ‘Risk That Poultry Feed Made with Corn – Potentially Contaminated with Eurasian North American Lineage H5N2 HPAI Virus From Wild Migratory Birds – Results in Exposure of Susceptible Commercial Poultry,’ demonstrates that more information has been needed on the risk of AI transmission through feed.

“The USDA’s recent report acknowledges two ways in which feed can be contaminated with Avian Influenza – through migratory waterfowl shedding the virus on corn stores, and through recontamination of finished feeds. It explores the increased risk associated with mash diet, and acknowledges gaps in data limiting the analysis.

“Because of the absence of significant heat in mash feed production, the report’s authors confirm ‘in this case, HPAI virus contamination present on corn would result in direct transmission pathway to poultry’. They also acknowledge risk managers’ concerns ‘about the impact of breaches in biosecurity at feed mills and feed storage bins on farm.’

Phillips explains, “The fact is, we simply don’t know the quantity of HPAI virus contaminating corn stored uncovered above ground or the extent of HPAI contaminated wild bird feces on corn piles. Looking for HPAI, as with Salmonella, is like looking for a needle in a haystack, and with just 3,000 samples currently analyzed, we have barely scratched the surface.

“However, there are some things we know now that we didn’t when the USDA report was undertaken. For example, while acknowledging the unique potential of formaldehyde as a control tool, the authors said they were limited by a lack of ‘direct data on the degree of HPAI virus reduction due to formaldehyde treatment of feed’ which would ‘help reduce the uncertainty’ in estimates. We now have independent results from Auburn showing Termin-8 effectively controls the virus within one hour of application.”

Dr. Haroldo Toro of Auburn University, who conducted trials jointly funded by Anitox and the US Poultry and Egg Association, will share the details of this data with delegates at the IPPE global poultry conference in Atlanta, GA. He will join Anitox President and CEO, Dr. Rick Phillips, and Technical Director, Dr. Gino Lorenzoni, to share full details of the latest research at the IPPE Pathogen Control Breakfast Symposium, hosted by Anitox, on Tuesday, January 26th. Tickets for the event are available free of charge by emailing reservations@anitox.com or calling (678) 376-3062.