SAAFoST Northern Branch: Avian Flu panel discussion
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Dear Northern Branch members,

Even though Listeriosis is still on everybody's mind, we would like to invite you to another important discussion, this time on the effects of Avian flu in the South African food industry. At the end of June 2017 Minister Senzeni Zokwna released a statement on the AI outbreak in SA. Previously, DAFF alerted poultry farmers to the imminent threat of Avian Influenza when the highly contagious strain was confirmed in Zimbabwe, the third African country to be affected. In SA the outbreaks occurred in Mpumalanga. Join us to learn all about AI and the effect it has from two experienced and knowledgeable speakers who are involved in the poultry industry.


Ingrid Woodrow
Chair: SAAFoST Northern Branch (2017-2019)

First presentation: 17:30 - 18:00
Presentation title: The effect of Avian Influenza on the food chain and required tests to ensure food safety
Presenter: Ms Dionne Rauff
Ms Rauff has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has experience in food safety, abattoir hygiene and veterinary diagnostics, having published articles about food safety, Salmonella and Avian Influenza. She is a member of various scientific committees such as the Veterinary Laboratories Scientific Forum and SABS technical committees. She is the Northern Region Manager for Deltamune and was directly involved in identifying the first Avian Influenza case during the H5N8 outbreak in June last year.

Second presentation: 18:00 - 18:30
Presentation title: AI outbreak in commercial layers, a case study
Presenter: Dr Greg Cilliers
Dr Cilliers started as a Technical and Product Manager for pigs and poultry products in 2009 with MSD Animal Health, worked in poultry research and development; eventually became a consulting veterinarian to the poultry industry locally and in Africa and is currently a divisional veterinarian for breeders, rearing, commercial layers and free range at Kuipers Group Commercial Egg Division Question time: 18:30 to the end.

Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 from 17:00
Venue: 3M, Corner of Woodlands and Kelvin Drives, Woodmead, Sandton
17:00 - 17:30 Arrival and registration
17:30 - 18:45 Welcome, presentations, discussions & questions
18:45 onwards Networking and drinks
Cost: The lecture is free, but booking is essential. Cold refreshments will be provided.
Booking: Book through Sharon Beeming by Friday 12:00 on 13 April latest
Book by e-mail: SharonB@turnerssecretariat.co.za or
Book by Telephone: 031-3688000

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