Contaminated soya feed in Guyana
The Ministry of Agriculture in Guyana has issued an order against the release
of 950 metric tonnes of soya feed contaminated with Salmonella typhimurium,
which is on board the vessel Myra, moored midstream of the Demerara River.
According to sources, the soya feed was transiting Guadeloupe when the
laboratory tests were done but it is not clear if the soya feed was meant for
One source believes that the feed was meant for Guadeloupe's
poultry industry and after it was found to be defective it was being sent back
to Europe to be destroyed, but this could not be confirmed.
news source said that the only way the captain of the boat will release the
contaminated soya feed, is if the Guyana government signs a letter stating that
it has full knowledge that the feed is contaminated with Salmonella.
Shortage over the years
Last year, poor quality feed left many
chickens stunted and of low weight, contributing to a 10%-15% shortfall in
production, along with millions in losses for small poultry farmers across the
country. Last year it was also pointed out that the feed had a protein
deficiency. Large animal feed mills that supply the local poultry industry have
experienced shortages of soya, corn and other ingredients for animal feed
production over the years, leading to low feed supply and ultimately starvation
deaths on many poultry farms.
Farmers often substitute rice and molasses to
ease losses during periods of low quality feed or short supply.
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