CAMPINAS, Brazil – Aviagen® Brazil has obtained compartmentalization certification for its operations in São Paulo and Minas Gerais states. The official certificate was awarded on Dec. 2 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) in Brasília, Brazil.
Compartmentalization enables the shipment of grandparent (GP) and parent stock (PS) breeding chicks from Aviagen Brazil supply bases to continue during times of poultry disease outbreak. So far, Aviagen has earned the certification for its operations in the UK, the US, India and now Brazil, and the UK has already successfully shipped birds to South Africa and Japan under the status.
The Aviagen Brazil compartment is the largest one for breeding companies: 13 facilities were approved, which guarantees an even greater supply of high-quality breeding stock.
Securing supply to customers
Compartmentalization helps secure the continuity of supply when a notifiable disease such as Avian Influenza (AI) or Newcastle Disease (ND) is reported in an exporting country.
Chicks are exported from a group of approved farms known as “clean compartments.” A compartment has been regularly inspected by government officials and determined to be disease free, physically isolated from surrounding poultry populations and managed according to an intense biosecurity program. In addition to heightened biosecurity, critical to compartmentalization are strong veterinary and diagnostics services, as well as effective identification, traceability and surveillance systems. Not only must strict biosecurity measures be implemented, they must also be maintained and monitored.
Compartmentalization carries with it the assurance that in the event of a disease concern, all facilities within the certified compartment are approved for safe and secure export of poultry to countries that are prepared to accept the certification.
"Compartmentalization allows us to respond quickly to any epidemiological event and protect the transport of high-quality birds to our customers," explained Aviagen Latin America President Ivan Pupo Lauandos. “When the supply to our customers is protected, they can, in turn, provide their local citizens with a dependable, sustainable source of nutritious protein.”
"Our intention is to reduce the economic impact of disease outbreak for our customers while increasing biosecurity throughout the production chain," added Eduardo Lima, operations manager at Aviagen.”
“Aviagen is strongly committed to safeguarding the security of supply, and compartmentalization has the potential to break open trade barriers built by the threat of avian disease, ensuring our customers can receive a health and secure supply of breeding stock,” added Fernando Simonetti, Veterinary Services Supervisor for Aviagen in Brazil.