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Novus highlights feed biosecurity measures at PIX/AMC 2022

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA (June 10, 2022) – Understanding the current challenges of food safety, pathogen contamination and viral outbreak, Novus International’s expert in feed milling, Jonathan Wilson, Ph.D., recently shared his knowledge on “Biosecurity in the Modern Feed Mill.” Wilson spoke as part of the three-day Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC) in Australia on May 15-17, 2022.

“Biosecurity is a multifactor approach which involves both stopping hazards before they enter feed processing facilities and mitigating the ones that might have entered or were introduced during processing,” Wilson said. “We can never predict when and where the next viral outbreak will occur, but we can be robust and flexible with our action plans to deal with unforeseen scenarios.”

In the talk, Wilson explained animal feed is a vector for pathogens and chemical contamination in the food supply chain. Feed mills are the first line of defense for animal health and food safety, but they integrate a wide variety of by-products and high-risk ingredients into complete diets while formulating on a cost-focused basis. Wilson addressed barriers for prevention and processing parameters to mitigate risk. Ingredient dilution, mechanical processing and using specific feed additives are all effective means of risk mitigation and pathogen control. Since each of these tools are unique in their ability to control specific hazards, Wilson shared details on their effectiveness and limitations.

Novus International was a gold sponsor for PIX/AMC 2022 and SunPork Group Conferences. Novus’s Australia team was also present with a booth at the exhibition and engaged in much-anticipated face to face discussions on the latest innovation in animal nutrition across all livestock segments. Lisa Jamieson, Novus Oceania Regional Director, shares “It was fantastic to see the SunPork Group join the PIX/AMC Conference this year. It was lovely to connect again with people from the industry and hear from many leading industry experts at the conference.”

In addition, Novus commissioned a one of a kind ‘scrambled egg artwork’ surf longboard beautifully handcrafted by Josh Constable of Creative Army surfboards in Noosa, exclusively for PIX. The board was auctioned at the gala dinner and raised $2,900 which will be donated to the charity “Are you bogged mate,” an Australian men’s rural industry mental health charity. The longboard was a big hit with a tie from two bidders. Novus is arranging for a second longboard and a matching $2,900 to also be donated to the same charity.