News last update:6 Aug 2012

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 Guadeloupe.
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.

A national 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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