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Website on poultry handling and transportation quality assurance launched

The Poultry Handling and Transportation Quality Assurance (PHTQA) website in the USA has gone live. PHTQA is a certification programme for the training of poultry transportation and catch crews in methods of biosecurity, disease recognition, emergency planning and the safe and humane handling of birds before, during and after transport.

The certification involves transportation and handling of several species including day-old poultry, breeders, pullets, spent fowl, broilers and turkeys. A team of scientists from Penn State University, representatives from USDA and industry specialists will conduct the training and certification. PHTQA is the first third party certification of this type to cover several poultry species. Multiple training sessions will be held in 2011. Visit www.poultryhandling.org

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