Hy-Line do Brasil is first Layer Genetics Company to earn the Compartmentalization Status. Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, is pleased to announce its layer breeding stock distributor has been awarded compartmentalization status by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA). This status is also recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Hy-Line do Brasil is the first egg layer genetic company to achieve this recognition.
“Security of supply is a key issue to maintain our distribution to Hy-Line customers around the world,” said Jonathan Cade, President of Hy-Line International. “As one of our most important global distribution hubs, this compartment status will allow for uninterrupted trade to countries that receive exports from Brazil.”
The Brasilian company has invested more than $10 million USD in the last five years in its operation for grandparent and parent stock layers. It already exports its products to more than 27 countries in four continents. Compartmentalization was established by the OIE in an effort to ensure security of supply to customers during a disease outbreak in a country. Those meeting this high level of biosecurity can continue exporting live birds even if a disease is detected elsewhere in the country.
“Diseases, such as Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease, have direct and very damaging impact on trade barriers and international business to export,” says Tiago Lourenco, Managing Director of Hy-Line do Brasil. “Achieving compartmentalization is the seal that demonstrates and validates that we have procedures, which prevent the entry of disease into our operations, and, if it eventually hits the country, we have strong protocols implemented and all employees know what to do to mitigate the risks using well-structured contingency plans to keep the company’s operations safe, as well as able to keep exporting its products.”