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Business briefcase: Hen deaths revised as bird flu spreads

From Wire Reports

DES MOINES, Iowa – The number of hens that will have to be killed because of the bird flu virus at a northwest Iowa farm was revised downward Tuesday, from 5.3 million to 3.8 million. That’s still the largest number of poultry in one spot to be affected.

The smaller – yet still large – figure is the actual number of chickens at Sunrise Farms instead of the capacity of the farm, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa agriculture officials gave Monday.

A total of eight Midwestern states, Iowa included, have been affected by the H5N2 virus. On Tuesday, four more farms, three in Minnesota and one in South Dakota, confirmed outbreaks.

Blue Bell working to find cause of listeria

HOUSTON – A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all of its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the contamination. Amid those efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the number of illnesses linked to the company’s products has increased to 10.

“As each day passes, we are getting closer and closer to figuring out how this listeria was introduced into our facilities. … It’s a matter of doing the work and not making excuses,” said Blue Bell spokesman Joe Robertson. Blue Bell said its recall, involving about 8 million gallons of ice cream products, will take two to three weeks to complete.

NEW YORK – The site that sells everything from toilet paper to toys can now send you on a romantic getaway.

Amazon is expanding its travel service online, dubbed Amazon Destinations, the latest effort by the e-commerce site to bolster its service offerings.

The travel service offers deals on hotels and getaways in three metro areas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, and their surrounding regions.

EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban

BRUSSELS – The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action against South Korea and the Philippines.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said Tuesday that Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter, was given a warning – a “yellow card” – to improve its fisheries practices. Despite previous warnings, the Thai authorities have “no controls whatsoever,” Vella said.

The Thai government said it was a “source of grave discouragement that the EU chose to ignore the very earnest efforts of the past six months.” However, the government said, it was “now firmly seizing the issue. It matches words with deeds.”

Japan logs first trade surplus in three years

TOKYO – Japan posted its first monthly trade surplus in nearly three years in March thanks to falling import costs from cheaper oil prices, along with a modest recovery in exports.

The Finance Ministry said today that preliminary data showed a 14.5 percent drop in imports in March from a year earlier, to $55.6 billion. Exports climbed 8.5 percent from a year earlier to $57.9 billion, leaving a surplus of $1.9 billion.

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