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January 2017   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Avian influenza confirmed in Montana as caution is urged (1/10/2017)

Officials in Montana have confirmed a case of avian influenza in a mallard duck harvested by a hunter, although the precise strain has yet to be determined, according to the Montana Dept. of Livestock and the Billings Gazette.

AI H5N8 spreads rapidly throughout Europe (1/11/2017)

Avian Influenza A5N8 is rapidly spreading throughout Europe. 17 countries now have reported cases, according to the latest report of the international organisation for animal health OIE.

Industry News

U.S. Poultry = 1.6 M Jobs & $441 B in Economic Output (1/5/2017)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States.

December 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

3.4 million poultry culled nationwide as bird flu spreads (12/5/2016)

Twenty days after a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was first detected in South Korea, the epidemic shows no sign of abating. Nearly 3.4 million poultry had been culled as of Monday morning.

Government News

Updating the National Poultry Improvement Program (12/16/2016)

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating its National Poultry Improvement Plan program standards to include the processes and procedures for the poultry primary breeding industry to participate in a compartmentalization program for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

November 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Study: Migration routes hold key to AI spread (11/1/2016)

Monitoring the migration routes of wild birds could help to provide early warning of potential avian influenza (AI) outbreaks, experts say.

Biosecurity education and compliance are critical in preventing avian influenza outbreaks (11/2/2016)

The December 2014 to June 2015 avian influenza outbreak was the largest animal health emergency in U.S. history. The virus contributed to the death of more than 48 million birds, either due to infection with the virus or depopulation to prevent additional spread.This blog examines why it is crucial to follow and enforce biosecurity procedures to mitigate animal health emergencies.

Industry recovering from 2015 when bird flu took toll on market (11/14/2016)

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, the turkey industry appears to have recovered from a spring 2015 outbreak of avian influenza that claimed about 8 million turkeys.

Bird flu spreads in Germany, sparking fears for holiday meals (11/14/2016)

Tens of thousands of new cases of bird flu have been reported in Germany, as the disease spreads across Europe. Authorities are concerned about the economic consequences, with poultry in high demand during the holidays.

More avian flu expected in Europe, US (11/17/2016)

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said yesterday that Europeans should expect more avian flu this season, adding that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strains are also apt to appear in America.

Mass avian influenza bird cullings in Europe (11/28/2016)

Avian influenza is taking its toll in Europe where 190,000 ducks have been culled in the Netherlands and 200,000 hens slaughtered in Sweden in a scare which is gripping the northern European poultry industry.

October 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

The survivability of avian influenza examined (10/5/2016)

Research is taking place to gauge the survivability of the avian influenza (AI) virus as part of a poultry industry examination of the UK government’s secondary cleansing and disinfection (C+D) policy.

Industry News

Hurricane Matthew claims estimated 5 million birds (10/16/2016)

While poultry companies are still assessing damages, North Carolina agriculture department says most birds lost were broiler chickens

Poultry News

CDC investigation on salmonella outbreak is over (10/7/2016)

TULSA (KTUL)- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak investigations over eight multi-state outbreaks of human salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks is over.

August 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

H5N2 Avian influenza confirmed in a wild mallard duck in Alaska (8/29/2016)

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a wild mallard duck from a state wildlife refuge near Fairbanks, Alaska.

July 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Ducks quarantined at St. Catharines farm over avian influenza fear (7/9/2016)

The birds will have to be euthanized, with the presence of the H5 virus confirmed but not its subtype and strain.

Avian influenza returns to France (7/25/2016)

After an absence of around three months, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been identified in two French poultry flocks. Both are in the southwestern portion of the country, and were reported to have been discovered last week by the Ministry of Agriculture to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Evidence suggests migratory birds are not a reservoir for highly pathogenic flu viruses (7/26/2016)

The H5 avian influenza A virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not persist in wild birds. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital led the research, which appears online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

June 2016   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Meat, Poultry Mean $1 Trillion to U.S. Economy (6/16/2016)

The U.S. meat and poultry industry accounts for $1.02 trillion in total economic output, or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according a new economic impact analysis conducted by New York-based John Dunham & Associates for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Poultry News

Bird brain? Study shows avian brains packed with neurons (6/14/2016)

Scientists have long been baffled by the smarts displayed by some birds with tiny brains.

May 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Indiana Now Free From Avian Flu (5/4/2016)

US - The last remaining quarantine associated with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases identified in Dubois County, Indiana has officially been lifted.

Less Lethal Form of Bird Flu Found at Missouri Farm (5/4/2016)

Routine inspection found samples of the H5N1 virus in a healthy turkey flock, and the birds were destroyed as a precaution

Italy confirms case of H7N7 High Pathogenic avian influenza in laying birds (5/5/2016)

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a commercial layer flock in northern Italy.

April 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

USDA Updates Guidelines for Avian Flu Plan (4/18/2016)

LANCASTER, Pa. — Last year’s outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest yielded plenty of lessons for poultry producers.

France, Myanmar, Taiwan report avian flu outbreaks (4/20/2016)

Three countries have reported new outbreaks involving different highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strains, including a newly affected department in France and Myanmar’s first detection of the year.

Poultry News

Loons are dying due to Avian Malaria for First Time (4/18/2016)

Climate change is blamed to bring along lots of unpleasant impacts on environment and wildlife. Recently, researchers have held climate change a possible cause of loons’ death. Loons are a relatively common sight on many New England lakes. The researchers found malaria parasite in blood samples of some Loons, one was found dead with avian malaria.

March 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Scientists worry massive Chinese lake a global bird flu cauldron (3/29/2016)

At this time of year, before the spring migration, Poyang Lake in southeastern China is home to 1 million wild geese, ducks and other waterfowl. Bigger than Minnesota's Lake of the Woods, Poyang would rank as the seventh largest lake in the U.S.

February 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

France gets to grips with AI situation (2/12/2016)

After being overwhelmed with outbreak after outbreak of avian influenza in the last 2 months, France is slowly getting to grips with the situation. The country’s veterinarian and government bodies were slow to respond at first, but now discuss stringent measures to tackle the devastating diseas

Avian flu response officially over (2/23/2016)

The 6.2-mile (10 km) control area associated with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) incident in Dubois County was lifted today by the Indiana State Veterinarian.

Industry News

Almost half of chickens in US not fed antibiotics (2/7/2016)

About 46 percent of chickens in the US were not fed antibiotics in the past month, according to data from agricultural research company Agri Stats Inc.

January 2016   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza in a Commercial Turkey Flock in Dubois County, Indiana (1/15/2016)

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2016 -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak. There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses, including HPAI.

Bird Flu Outbreak Hits 10 Southern Indiana Farms (1/18/2016)

Tests of an additional 100 poultry farms in southern Indiana all came back negative for bird flu, the state animal health board announced Sunday afternoon, the Associated Press is reporting. It's a sign, officials say, that control measures are working.

All flocks hit by avian flu in Indiana euthanized (1/22/2016)

Depopulation has been completed at 10 turkey farms with confirmed avian influenza detections and another nearby layer farm deemed at risk

Indiana avian flu cases test ventilation shutdown protocol (1/20/2016)

Emergency depopulation method approved by USDA in September 2015 has been successfully initiated

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Update – December 2015 (1/8/2016)

This issues includes - Congress Reaches Agreement on FY 2016 Omnibus; Riley Memorial Foundation Hosts Meeting on Unified Message; FSIS Announces Actions on Residues and Chemicals; USDA Issues Final Rule on Exemption of Organic Products from Checkoffs

December 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

USDA developing biosecurity audits (12/2/2015)

Federal animal disease authorities will expect farms to meet certain disease control criteria to claim indemnity in disease outbreaks.

More cases of AI in France (12/2/2015)

After the discovery of Avian Influenza H5N1 at a hobby farm in the Dordogne, further checks on poultry farms in this part of France have brought to light 2 more cases.

Avian flu strikes poultry in Europe, Africa, found in Oregon duck (12/8/2015)

Avian flu was detected in as many as five poultry flocks in France and one in Germany, while heightened surveillance in the United States recently found H5 genetic material in a mallard duck killed by a hunter in Oregon.

Number of avian flu outbreaks in France doubles, to 30 (12/17/2015)

France is now reporting 30 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks, but the exact strain involved in the 15 latest events is not yet known, its agriculture ministry reported today, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) noted a new strain in the country, albeit a low-pathogenic one.

How one Minnesota chicken producer kept the bird flu out (12/22/2015)

Gold'n Plump executives say they were partly just lucky their Minnesota operations were not ravaged by avian flu and that chickens, their stock-in-trade, aren't as susceptible to the virus as turkeys.

November 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Avian flu issues having an impact on Thanksgiving Turkey supplies (11/15/2015)

The avian flu caused egg prices to sky rocket this summer, and now turkey prices are about 30 to 40 percent higher, just in time for thanksgiving.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – October 2015 (11/29/2015)

This months report includes - WHO Releases Report on Cancer and Meat, Debt Deal Struck, Omnibus Appropriations to Follow, FASS Participates in FAANG Meeting and ARS Seeks Input on Animal Health Research Priorities

October 2015   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – September 2015 (10/7/2015)

This months issue contains - Congress Passes a Continuing Resolution, Avoids Government Shutdown; DA Releases Final Rule on Preventive Controls for Animal Food; House Agriculture Committee Schedules Hearings on Research Innovations and Dietary Guidelines; FDA Holds Public Meeting on Antibiotic Use Data Collection; FASS Washington Representative Participates in AAC Meeting

September 2015   (Back to Top)

Poultry News

The Poultry Science Association Foundation Announced the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation's Pledge to Support New Fellowship Program (9/3/2015)

The Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) was pleased to announce a $250,000 pledge funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

DSM Nutritional Products Gift to the Poultry Science Association Foundation Announced at the 104th Annual Meeting of the Poultry Science Association (9/21/2015)

The Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) was pleased to announce the DSM Nutritional Products (DSM) gift pledge for the support of the Andrew F. Giesen III Undergraduate Internship Program (Giesen Undergraduate Internship Program) and the PSA Foundation.

August 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

US AI outbreak made worse by poor farm auditing (8/3/2015)

Many of the turkey farms affected by H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the US this year had biosecurity in place, but the protocols were not being audited properly, according to an updated epidemiological study by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis).

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – July 2014 (8/13/2015)

This report covers - FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, GMO Labeling Legislation, USDA Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel Completes Phase II Review, House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Avian Influenza, Washington Representatives Speak to ADSA, ASAS and PSA Boards

Poultry News

Poultry Science Association Foundation Recognizes the Andrew F. Giesen III Undergraduate Internship Program Inaugural Class (8/27/2015)

The Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) was pleased to recognize the inaugural class of Andrew F. Giesen III Undergraduate Internship Program participants (Giesen Undergraduate Interns) following the program’s launch in January.

The Poultry Science Association Honors Student Researchers at Its 104th Annual Meeting (8/13/2015)

The Poultry Science Association (PSA) announced winners of Student Research Certificates of Excellence, the Aviagen Turkeys Communications Award and Student Research Certificates of Participation during its 104th annual meeting.

University News

Texas A&M Opens New Avian Health Complex (8/21/2015)

The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, which hosts one of the top avian medicine programs in the country, opened a new avian health complex this week.

July 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

170,000 birds culled in Lancaster (UK) poultry farm on avian flu suspicion (7/13/2015)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is suspecting a case of bird flu at a poultry farm in Lancaster, and has decided to cull 170,000 birds on the farm

Vaccine not at top of federal avian flu response plan (7/8/2015)

WASHINGTON -- Poultry producers and government officials are preparing for a predicted renewed fall avian flu outbreak, such as improving biosecurity, but they disagree about whether a vaccine should be used.

Second confirmed case of avian influenza reported in wild birds (7/12/2015)

A second confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in a wild bird. A chickadee recovered in Ramsey County and delivered on June 10 to a wildlife rehabilitation center later tested positive for avian influenza.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – June 2015 (7/13/2015)

This months report includes - House Subcommittee Approves FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, FASS Participates in White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Names Executive Director, House Passes Legislation to Repeal COOL Regulations, House Committees Examine GMO Labeling Policy

June 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

HPAI still spreading despite warmer weather (free registration required)(6/1/2015)

The massive highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Midwest continues to expand with USDA reporting five new outbreaks in Minnesota and another in Iowa since late last week.

Bird flu vaccine divides US poultry industry (6/9/2015)

The death of more than 46 million chickens and turkeys in a bird flu outbreak is opening a fissure within the US poultry industry, pitting farmers with infected flocks against those who so far largely have sidestepped the worst outbreak in US history, reports Reuters. At issue: whether to vaccinate poultry against the highly pathogenic bird flu virus.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in Canada geese in Michigan (6/9/2015)

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development announced June 8 the state’s first confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in the state.

First Minnesota farm hit by AI is growing turkeys again (6/14/2015)

The first Minnesota turkey farm to be infected with H5N2 avian influenza is again growing turkeys.

1 week with no new avian influenza cases in US (6/17/2015)

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has gone a full week without confirming any new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza. This is the first time since March that the federal agency has gone this long without reporting any new cases.

7 avian influenza developments you should know (6/22/2015)

Avian influenza cases in the United States have slowed down in recent days, but the virus remains a big issue for the poultry industry. Here are 7 new developments concerning avian influenza that industry members should be aware of:

Novel AI virus discovered in China (6/26/2015)

Chinese researchers who analysed influenza viruses from poultry in live-bird markets say they have discovered a novel H5N9 virus that represents a hybrid of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu virus and a human H7N9 virus, along with other elements.

May 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Ag committee leaders call for AI emergency assistance (5/1/2015)

Leaders from the U.S. Senate and House agriculture committees called for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers who have suffered losses due to highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza infections.

TIMELINE-Tracing the bird flu outbreak in N. American poultry flocks (5/6/2015)

May 5 (Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst-ever outbreak of avian influenza as three highly pathogenic strains (HPAI) have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking up speed in the last month

US government approves additional $330M for AI outbreak (5/6/2015)

The U.S. government will allocate an additional $330 million in emergency funds to compensate farmers for claims related to the avian influenza (AI) outbreak, according to a report.

Avian flu resurfaces in Missouri, hits more Iowa farms (5/7/2015)

The H5N2 avian flu virus has reappeared in Missouri after an absence of more than a month, and Iowa reported six more poultry outbreaks today, but hard-hit Minnesota was spared any new outbreaks for the first time since mid-April.

5 avian influenza developments you need to know (5/8/2015)

The North American avian influenza outbreak continues to develop rapidly. Here are five important developments on avian influenza from the past week.

Avian influenza current outbreak is unlike any other (5/9/2015)

There have been only three other recorded outbreaks of the avian influenza in the United States: 1924, 1983, and in 2004. The 1924 and 2004 outbreaks were quickly contained and eradicated. The current outbreak is the worst case ever experienced in the U.S. It exceeds the previous 1983 record by nearly 9 million birds ... and counting.

Avian influenza hits Nebraska layer flock of 1.7 million (5/14/2015)

With discovery of virus in Nebraska, 20 states have now had confirmed avian influenza cases

Government News

U.S. House ag panel repeals labeling rules for beef, pork and poultry (5/21/2015)

WASHINGTON – New labeling rules that require certain fresh meat products to disclose their country of origin are losing steam in Washington.

Industry News

America's $45 Billion Poultry Industry Has a (Really) Bad Case of Bird Flu (5/11/2015)

Apparently, the 24-hour news cycle doesn't apply to sick chickens.A highly virulent strain of the avian flu is sweeping across the American Midwest and devastating chicken and turkey farmers, but it hasn't garnered media coverage proportional to its importance and potential consequences. (There is virtually no threat to human health.) The situation is quickly going from bad to worse for America's $45 billion poultry industry, which exports $3 billion in goods every year. That will take a major hit in 2015 after China, South Korea, and Mexico banned U.S. produce (to protect their own poultry industries).

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – April 2015 (5/7/2015)

There are two issues reported on, those being - FASS Hosts Webinar on Role of Ag Guide in Animal Care & USDA NAREEE Board Holds Meeting on U.S. MARC Animal Care Report

April 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

DEADLY BIRD FLU SHOWS UP IN SOUTH DAKOTA, 5TH MINNESOTA FARM (4/3/2015)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has spread to a second turkey farm in one of the top turkey-producing counties of Minnesota, state and federal officials said Thursday.

Getting to grips with avian influenza (4/3/2015)

If one looks at the overview of the world organization for animal health (OIE) concerning outbreaks of avian influenza, one could get immediately depressed. And to be frank, we do. A recent survey by the British Poultry Council showed that more than 15% of the responders have a negative future outlook for their existence.

USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H5N2 Avian Influenza in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Commercial Turkey Flock (4/6/2015)

CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low

Avian influenza cases continue in Minnesota turkey farms (4/7/2015)

Highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza continues to hit commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota, as the statewide count of infected farms has reached seven.

H5 AI confirmed on Ontario turkey farm (4/8/2015)

H5 avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario, by Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph. Quarantine measures have been put in place.

Ninth Minn. commercial turkey flock tests HPAI-positive (4/9/2015)

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed an outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza in yet another commercial turkey flock in Minnesota — the ninth such outbreak since March and the third in about 48 hours.

Bird flu outbreak expands in South Dakota (4/10/2015)

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed on Thursday the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Kingsbury County, S.D. This is the second confirmation in a commercial flock in that state.

Researchers Create Tool to Predict Avian Flu Outbreaks (4/12/2015)

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small blood sample and relies on a simple chemical colour change to see not only whether a chicken has avian flu but also what viral strain is involved.

South Dakota cases of avian influenza grows to four (4/12/2015)

ABERDEEN, S.D -- Two more farms with avian influenza have been discovered in South Dakota, bringing the total there to four flocks, according to the United State Department of Agriculture.

First case of bird flu reported in North Dakota (4/12/2015)

ELLENDALE, N.D. — After the owner of a 40,000 turkey flock in southeast North Dakota reported an increased death rate among his birds, it has been confirmed that the state has its first case of H5N2 avian influenza.

As bird flu spreads, U.S. lowers poultry export expectations (4/10/2015)

The U.S. government on Thursday reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6% from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected trade restrictions.

Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed at 14th Minnesota Turkey Farm (4/12/2015)

Authorities have confirmed another bird flu outbreak at a Minnesota turkey farm, raising the state's total to 14 affected farms.

Avian influenza infects Wisconsin commercial layer flock (4/14/2015)

A commercial layer flock in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, has been infected with avian influenza, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed on April 13. This is Wisconsin’s first confirmed case of avian influenza, and the first infection of a commercial layer flock in the U.S

Iowa gets its first HPAI case; more turkeys in Minnesota affected (4/15/2015)

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County, Iowa — the first in that state.

Three outbreaks of avian influenza deadly to poultry confirmed in Wisconsin (4/19/2015)

MADISON (WKOW) – Experts say poultry owners should be mindful of recent outbreaks of a deadly strain of bird flu around the state.

Second Case of Avian Flu Detected in NW Iowa; 5.3 Million Chickens To Be Killed (4/21/2015)

DES MOINES, IA (ABC9)- Cases of Avian Influenza have been found at a second Northwest Iowa poultry farm. The virus was detected at a commercial egg laying facility in Osceola County. The facility houses about 5.3 million hens, all of which will have to be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

Avian flu crisis grows for poultry producers throughout USA (4/22/2015)

Poultry producers in several states are bracing for more losses as a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza forced producers to kill millions of chickens and turkeys in the USA in recent weeks.

U.S. officials predict a return of avian flu in the fall (4/29/2015)

(Reuters) - U.S. agriculture officials say it is “highly probable” that the virulent avian flu viruses that have hit U.S. poultry operations hard in recent weeks will return next fall when wild bird populations migrate south, potentially spreading the viruses into new regions of the country.

March 2015   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Kansas: Avian influenza detected in Leavenworth County poultry flock (3/14/2015)

Kansas agriculture officials have been monitoring for avian influenza after reports of H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu was recently detected in Jasper County, Missouri. Now agriculture officials say that as of late Friday, avian influenza has been presumptively detected in a backyard poultry flock containing both chickens and ducks in Leavenworth County.

Third case of bird flu reported on California farm (3/19/2015)

About 61,000 turkeys were infected with low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza on a commercial farm in Merced County, Calif., according to a report posted this week on the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) website.

Bird flu hits second Minnesota turkey farm (3/28/2015)

Regulators have quarantined a farm in Lac qui Parle County, where the disease wiped out a flock of 66,000 birds.

Minnesota bird flu outbreak spreads to a top poultry producing county, alarming industry (3/29/2015)

MINNEAPOLIS — An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

FDA panel recommends two new strains for 2015-2016 influenza vaccines (3/4/2015)

SILVER SPRING, MD.– Two components of the trivalent and quadrivalent influenza vaccines used during the current season should be replaced for the 2015-2016 vaccine, including the influenza A H3N2) component, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has stated.

Industry News

US fast food chain McDonald's USA is to source only chicken raised without antibiotics for its menus. (3/5/2015)

McDonald's US restaurants will also offer customers milk jugs of low-fat white milk and fat-free chocolate milk from cows that are not treated with rbST, an artificial growth hormone.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – February 2015 (3/5/2015)

This issue includes - *FASS Responds to Animal Care Concerns*USDA Announces Over $160 Million in AFRI Research Grants Available*President Releases FY 2016 Budget Proposal*USDA Holds Briefing on Antimicrobial Resistance Efforts

University News

UA Student Wins Student of the Year at Poultry Exposition (3/5/2015)

A senior at the UofA won the Student of the Year award at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta.

February 2015   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – January 2015 (2/4/2015)

This months issue includes - NAS Releases Study on Critical Role of Animal Science to Food Security and Sustainability - FASS Science Policy Committee Representatives Meet in DC - Animal Agriculture Coalition Meets with FDA Regarding Antimicrobial Use Data - 114th Congress Convenes, Committee Assignments Announced

January 2015   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – December 2014 (1/8/2015)

This report includes the following - Congress Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations - Efforts to Develop a Unified Message on Agriculture Research Announced - FASS Science Policy Committee Planning Workshop - NAS Study on Animal Science to be Released in January - Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Omits Lean Meat

IPPE celebrates record-breaking attendance (1/30/2015)

The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the largest show on record with an estimated 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry leader attendees from all over the world. In addition, the show had 1,288 exhibitors with more than 490,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

December 2014   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

New case of AI in the Netherlands (12/1/2014)

Avian influenza (AI) has been detected at a layer farm in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands, The 28,000 layers were culled on November 30.

Industry News

Poultry industry injury/illness rates down 80 percent since 1994 (12/12/2014)

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline, according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – November 2014 (12/10/2014)

This report contains information about impact of the mid term elections on agriculture, House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the Feed the Future Global Security Act, an update on the National Academy of Sciences study on animal sciences, information from several agriculture groups on the use and management of big data, and an update on GMO labeling.

Poultry News

The avian tree of life (12/12/2014)

An international effort to sequence the genomes of 45 avian species has yielded the most reliable tree of life for birds to date. This new avian family tree helps to clarify how modern birds--the most species-rich class of four-limbed vertebrates on the planet--emerged rapidly from a mass extinction event that wiped out all of the dinosaurs approximately 66 million years ago.

How did birds lose their teeth? Scientists solve vexing mystery (12/15/2014)

It is commonly understood that birds descended from dinosaurs many millions of years ago, and at one point typically had teeth just like their reptilian relatives. But why did the avian species eventually become toothless? Scientists believe they finally have an answer.They point to a common ancestor that lost its teeth 116 million years ago, based on a new study that was published in Science this week. The research was conducted by the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium, which is an international collaboration of scientists that examines the evolution of birds, according to Discovery News.

November 2014   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Avian Flu Detected in the Netherlands and Britain (11/17/2014)

LONDON — Health officials moved to combat outbreaks of bird flu at poultry farms in Britain and the Netherlands on Monday, culling thousands of chickens and ducks to avert the spread of infection.

Industry News

U.S. chicken industry is ramping up production (free registration required)(11/14/2014)

USDA reported both egg sets and broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in the United States during the week ended Nov. 8 rose by 3 percent, an indication that breeder productivity issues over the past year have improved.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – October 2014 (11/5/2014)

This months issue includes - WTO Finds U.S. COOL Rules in Violation -Senators Call for New Poultry Pathogen Limits - FDA to Hold Public Meeting on FSMA Rules - GMO Labeling on Ballot in Oregon and Colorado - FDA Agrees to Settlement on Food Additives - FASS Washington Representative Briefs FASS Board

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Avian Influenza News

Five Subtypes of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Reported in China (10/28/2014)

CHINA - A total of 51 positive findings of five subtypes of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been reported and confirmed across China.

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FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – September 2014 (10/17/2014)

This issue covers the following- President Obama signing an executive order to fight against antimicrobial resistance. The National Academy of Sciences releasing their Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) study. Congress has pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government until Dec and FASS signs a letter supporting AFRI and the Southeastern Poultry Research Laboratory.

September 2014   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Value of US poultry doubles over the last 14 years (9/26/2014)

The value of US poultry production increased from $21.2 billion in 2000, to $44.1 billion in 2013 – an increase of 108%. In 2013 egg production accounted for 19.3% of the overall value of the US poultry industry.

Other Organizations' News

USPOULTRY releases video on current and future antibiotic use in the poultry industry PDF(9/9/2014)

The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has released a video explaining why and how antibiotics are used in the poultry industry.

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – August 2014 (9/4/2014)

The headlines form this issue are - FFAR Holds First Meeting, Officers Selected; NAS Schedules Fourth Meeting for Animal Science Committee; Appropriations Outlook

Poultry News

Survey: US consumers want more humanely raised chicken (9/5/2014)

There is distrust of the chicken industry among US consumers and a strong desire for more humanely raised chicken choices at the grocery store, a survey by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has found.

August 2014   (Back to Top)

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FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – July 2014 (8/25/2014)

This issue contains the following - USDA Announces Formation of FFAR Board, FASS Washington Representatives Participate in JAM, NIFA Director Addresses JAM Participants, NAS Animal Science Study Committee Hold Third Meeting, FASS Signs Letter Supporting Federal Participation in Scientific Meetings.

Poultry News

USDA: Mexico to be the world's largest poultry importer (8/13/2014)

Next year Mexico will become the largest poultry importer in the world, surpassing Japan, according to projections from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

July 2014   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Poultry Ruling the Roost at the Meat Counter (7/25/2014)

High demand and tight supplies are painting a bullish picture for the poultry industry.

Chinese choosing red meat above poultry (7/30/2014)

China's appetite for red meat continued to grow in the first half of 2014 as purchases of beef and lamb increased by more than a quarter compared to last year whilst poultry imports took a downturn.

Tyson to sell Mexican, Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS (7/30/2014)

Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, said it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA, the world's No. 1 meat producer, for $575 million.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – June 2014 (7/7/2014)

-FASS Science Policy Committee Meets in DC-Agriculture Appropriations Stalled in House and Senate-FASS, Founding Societies, Sign Letter to Appropriations Committees-FASS Washington Representative Meets with National Animal Nutrition Program

June 2014   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – May 2014 (6/4/2014)

This months report includes - House and Senate Committees Advance Agriculture Appropriations Bills, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Animal Science Committee Holds Second Meeting and FASS Science Policy Committee to Meet in Washington.

May 2014   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – April 2014 (5/15/2014)

This months issue includes how FASS has joined 92 organizations to urge congress to support animal science. How the organization has testified to the senate appropriations committee to increase funding in the animal sciences. In addition to these activities there are several more that can be found at the above link.

April 2014   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Bird Flu Found on California Farm Spurs Export Bans (4/24/2014)

The disease known as bird flu has been found on a quail farm in California, prompting countries including Russia to ban poultry shipments from the state.

Mass culling begins in Japanese bird flu outbreak (4/14/2014)

Japan is to cull 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed the presence of bird flu on a poultry farm in the south of the country. This is the first confirmed incidence bird flu in Japan in three years.

Industry News

Novartis Animal Health to be Acquired by Lilly (4/22/2014)

GLOBAL - Eli Lilly is to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion in an all-cash deal that will strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco.

Other Organizations' News

Chicken industry a ‘drought away’ from ‘econonic crisis,’ NCC says (4/30/2014)

The chicken industry is enjoying good net margins in today’s market, but it is only “one drought away from another economic crisis” given continued corn-supply volatility created by a federal mandate that is siphoning corn for ethanol, National Chicken Council’s Bill Roegnik told Congress today.

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Avian Influenza News

Over 40,000 Chickens Destroyed on Dutch Farm Due to Low-path Bird Flu (3/4/2014)

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of H5N1 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at a poultry farm in the province of Flevoland.

Industry News

2014 Top Poultry Companies (3/11/2014)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – February 2014 (3/4/2014)

This issue provides some information regarding the new research programs that are in the recently passed farm bill. Also in this report is an update on the NAS study entitled “Sustainability Considerations for the Future of Animal Agriculture Science Research”.

February 2014   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

China reports 15 new cases of avian flu (2/5/2014)

The Family Planning Commission of China reported to the World Health Organization on Wednesday that 15 new cases of avian influenza A, or H7N9, have been confirmed.

New bird flu virus claims world’s first human victim (2/5/2014)

Chinese scientists have recorded the world’s first human death from a new avian influenza virus.

Other Organizations' News

US welfare org disputes poultry raising guidelines (2/19/2014)

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) in the US has written to Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council (NCC), condemning the trade association's new guidelines for the humane treatment of the 9 billion chickens raised for meat each year in the United States.

Weather affects IPPE attendance (free registration required)(2/2/2014)

Despite inclement weather conditions, the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) had more than 24,000 poultry, meat and feed industry registrants from all over the world.

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – January 2014 (2/5/2014)

This issue gives an update on the farm bill. It also covers the FY2014 appropriations and also covers the NAS study on animal science.

Poultry News

POULTRY SCIENCE® – FEBRUARY ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE (2/5/2014)

The February issue of POULTRY SCIENCE® is now available online. Please note that the login procedure to access the journal has recently changed. As a Poultry Science Association member, you will access POULTRY SCIENCE via the PSA website or by the link used in the title to this announcement.

January 2014   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – December 2013 (1/9/2014)

This issue covers the on going negotiations for the farm bill, FDA's ruling on voluntary antibiotic use, and the federal government budget.

Poultry News

POULTRY SCIENCE® – JANUARY ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE (1/21/2014)

The January issue of POULTRY SCIENCE® is now available online. Please note that the login procedure to access the journal has changed. As a Poultry Science Association member, you will access POULTRY SCIENCE via the PSA website (http://www.poultryscience.org/).

December 2013   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Scientists Uncover Genetic Clue to Fighting the Flu (12/29/2013)

Scientists may have uncovered a genetic clue when it comes to the flu. They've found a genetic marker that can accurately predict which patients will experience more severe disease in a new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China.

Global Death Toll From 2009 Influenza Pandemic As High As 203,000; H1N1 More Lethal Than Previously Estimated (12/1/2013)

A large, collaborative study concluded that the global death toll from the 2009 pandemic of the H1N1 virus reached up to 203,000. This tally was based on laboratory-confirmed influenza cases and is almost 10 times the number of respiratory deaths that the World Health Organization (WHO) had originally calulated.

Shanghai suspending live poultry trading for first part of 2014 (12/2/2013)

In effort to curb avian influenza, live poultry trading will be stopped until April 30, 2014

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – November 2013 (12/4/2013)

This months issue discusses the FASS comments on the federal government REE Action Plan, the status of the Farm Bill and the status of the federal government budget.

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Government News

FSIS: China poultry slaughter system not equivalent to US system (11/11/2013)

China's poultry slaughter system has not been found equivalent to the U.S. system for poultry slaughter; therefore poultry slaughtered in China cannot be imported to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS on November 10 issued a statement concerning the non-equivalence, after Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, earlier expressed his worries about food safety because he thought the two systems were deemed equivalent by the FSIS.

Industry News

US broiler production expected to increase 3 percent in 2014 (11/19/2013)

Lower feed costs, better returns give US poultry industry reason to ramp up production.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – October 2013 (11/6/2013)

This report covers - House and Senate farm bill conference, FSIS animal handling guide, FDA proposed rule on feed safety, ASAS holds congressional briefing on food security.

October 2013   (Back to Top)

Government News

US Govt shutdown harms poultry vaccine supply (10/7/2013)

With the US government shutdown, APHIS’ Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB), the agency overseeing the release of poultry vaccines has furloughed employees, meaning that no serials (batches) of vaccines will be released for distribution. The agency has said that after 14 days, they will reevaluate.

Industry News

Brazilian Poultry Companies May Need to Cut Down on Production (10/25/2013)

BRAZIL - Francisco Turra, president of the Brazilian Poultry Union (UBABEF), said that several companies in the poultry sector reported a reduced production of poultry meat for the second half of 2013.

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – September 2013 (10/1/2013)

Includes information on the farm bill, federal budget, and FASS Board meeting with the FASS Washington Representatives.

Poultry News

US Salmonella prevalence in poultry decreases 34% (10/30/2013)

The prevalence of Salmonella on raw young chicken carcasses in the US is down 34% over the first quarter of 2013 and represents a decrease of over 120% during the past five years, according to a USDA report.

Poultry price increases hit Americans in the wallet (10/7/2013)

Higher prices for chicken and dairy products are pushing up the average American’s grocery bill, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest semi-annual market basket survey.

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Avian Influenza News

Extension Vet Tells of Travels Fighting Bird Flu (9/30/2013)

LANCASTER, Pa. — As avian influenza traveled the world over the past decade, Jarra Jagne followed it.

AI not stopping Mexican poultry industry growth (9/10/2013)

Mexican poultry production continues to climb even in the face of additional avian influenza outbreaks, a US Gain report states.

Government News

Safe meat and poultry bill introduced by US Senator (9/20/2013)

US senator Kirster Gillibrand chairwomen of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security, last week introduced legislation aimed at reducing foodborne outbreaks on the back of a Government Accountable Office (GAO) report that criticised the evaluation of poultry pilot projects from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Other Organizations' News

FASS Science Policy Monthly Report – August 2013 (9/4/2013)

Updates and information as to what is going on in Washington DC. This issue includes FASS efforts on the NAS Study on Animal Science, an update on the Farm Bill, as well as the FDA's efforts with launching the New SafeFeed Web page and their efforts to Harmonize Inspection Priority List

August 2013   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

H7N9 Bird Flu Outbreak Came from Ducks (8/26/2013)

CHINA - The outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China earlier this year was probably transferred from domestic duck to chickens and then on to humans through the live poultry markets.

Lethal strain of avian flu that has killed 43 'transmitted between humans for first time' (8/8/2013)

A deadly strain of avian flu may have passed between people for the first time, experts believe.

Mexico, Italy hit with new outbreaks of avian influenza (8/19/2013)

A new outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza hit Mexico on August 12, the World Organisation for Animal Health reported. The Mexican outbreak follows another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported August 11 in Italy.

Emergence of H7N9 avian flu hints at broader threat (8/22/2013)

Evolutionary path shows related virus can infect some mammals, raising concerns about spread.

Egg News

Study unscrambles the genetics of the 'blue' egg (8/23/2013)

The latest foodie fashion, the blue egg is say some prettier, tastier and cleaner-breaking than the traditional brown one, and scientists from The University of Nottingham have discovered what caused the eggs in some breeds to turn this unusual colour.

Industry News

FDA asked to withdraw medicated poultry feed (8/28/2013)

Phibro Animal Health Corporation have asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw approval for 3 feed additives for use in broiler chickens.

July 2013   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

WHO Issues Update on Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus (7/7/2013)

The National Health and Family Planning Commission in China has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an additional retrospectively detected laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

Industry News

USDA data shows chicken industry ramping up (7/12/2013)

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly program set 202 million eggs in incubators during the week ending July 6, up 4 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier, according to USDA’s weekly Broiler Hatchery report.

Other Organizations' News

Poultry Show Commits to Atlanta Through 2020 (7/12/2013)

The world’s poultry business has gathered in Atlanta every year for the last 65 years, and it’s going to be there a little longer. The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has committed to remain at the Georgia World Congress Center through at least 2020.

Poultry News

Australia: Quarantined chickens to be euthanised (7/29/2013)

A flock of fancy chickens, currently housed in a secure quarantine facility, will be euthanised because the birds are infected with an exotic strain of Salmonella that cannot be effectively treated.

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Avian Influenza News

Chicken in Arkansas tests positive for avian influenza (6/19/2013)

A chicken in Arkansas has tested positive for avian influenza. State officials have quarantined poultry within a 6.2-mile radius of the infected bird's farm.

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Avian Influenza News

H7N9 More Likely to Move Among Humans Than Other Bird Flu - Report (5/20/2013)

BEIJING--The H7N9 bird-flu virus has a higher potential for human-to-human transmission than any other known bird-flu virus, according to a joint report from China and the World Health Organization, China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

AI losses in China reach $6.5 billion (5/22/2013)

The H7N9 outbreak in China has caused some $6.5 billion in losses to the economy but is now thought to be under control, UN experts have said.

Industry News

US poultry live weight climbs 7 percent in April (5/28/2013)

Ready-to-cook weight also increases 7 percent, according to USDA report

US study exposes arsenic in poultry production (5/13/2013)

Chickens likely raised with arsenic-based drugs result in chicken meat that has higher levels of inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Avian Influenza News

WHO says no poultry contact in some China bird flu cases (4/17/2013)

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in China have had no history of contact with poultry, adding to the mystery about the virus that has killed 16 people to date.

Scientists confirm new H7N9 bird flu has come from chickens (4/29/2013)

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese scientists have confirmed for the first time that a new strain of bird flu that has killed 23 people in China has been transmitted to humans from chickens.

2 Men in China Die of Lesser-Known Strain of Bird Flu (4/1/2013)

SHANGHAI — Two men have died here after contracting a strain of avian flu that had not been previously found in humans, Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported Sunday.

WHO: Everything You Need To Know About The H7N9 Influenza Virus (4/8/2013)

AsianScientist (Apr. 8, 2013) – On March 31, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission reported three laboratory confirmed cases of human infection of the lesser-known H7N9 avian influenza virus, the first time this subtype has been shown to be transmitted to human beings.

China bird flu outbreak 'devastating' poultry sales (4/10/2013)

SHANGHAI — China's bird flu outbreak is "devastating" poultry sales, an industry group said Tuesday as the death toll from the H7N9 virus rose to nine

Cases grow to 28, deaths to 9 in China's H7N9 outbreak (4/10/2013)

Apr 9, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – China's number of confirmed human infections with H7N9 influenza grew to 28 today, as two new cases each from Zhejiang province and Shanghai were added, according to media reports citing official sources.

Industry News

Economist: Bright future for US poultry producers (4/30/2013)

More efficient land use, a stalled demand for corn ethanol and increased demand for meat in developing countries should help boost the livestock industry in coming years, according to a Purdue University agricultural economist.

University News

Climate change: Impact on dispersal of poultry diseases (4/11/2013)

A Canadian study at the University of Guelph looked at the effects of climate change on avian migratory patterns and the dispersal of commercial poultry diseases in the country.

February 2013   (Back to Top)

Government News

The fall and rise of U.S. poultry production: USDA’s 10-year forecast (2/14/2013)

Along with U.S. red meat production, that of poultry will continue to decline in 2013 due to a lingering economic recession, high feed prices and drought, but higher net returns and improved forage supplies will help a rebound in the next decade, USDA said in its Agricultural Projections to 2022 report.

Industry News

2012 US poultry and egg exports break records (2/14/2013)

Thanks in large part to the industry’s ability to adapt to changing global marketplace dynamics, 2012 was a record-setting year for exports of US poultry meat and eggs.

NZ poultry producer claims lowest FCR (2/12/2013)

New Zealand poultry producer, Tegel Foods claims to have the lowest FCR in its production. The ratio for the company as a whole averages just 1:5 across its 90 or so contracted broiler farms, with a typical range from 1:45 to 1:65 at 2.3kg. Average processing weight is 2.5kg.

Other Organizations' News

IPPE sets attendance record (free registration required)(2/14/2013)

ATLANTA – The 2013 International Production and Processing Expo achieved record attendance with 26,393 people representing the poultry, meat and feed industries.

December 2012   (Back to Top)

Other Organizations' News

Poultry research conference scheduled for IPPE 2013 (12/5/2012)

As part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) education schedule, the Meat and Poultry Research Conference will focus on the new economic reality presented by natural and organic products, addressing topics from regulatory and animal management challenges to processing and ingredients issues.

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Other Organizations' News

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association : Livestock, Poultry, Dairy Producers Say RFS Is Broken (11/20/2012)

EPA Denies Ethanol Mandate Waiver Requests from Governors, Coalition, Congress

USPOULTRY releases video series on antibiotics use (11/9/2012)

To help provide answers to how and why antibiotics are used in the poultry industry, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has created a series of six short videos.

University News

Production under way at Auburn's new $7.1 million Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center (11/19/2012)

Auburn University's new $7.1 million Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center, a state-of-the-art academic and research feed production facility located on a 50-acre site north of the main campus, officially opened Friday, Nov. 16, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by university administrators and representatives of the poultry and feed mill industries.

October 2012   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Mexican bird flu outbreak declared under control (10/29/2012)

The outbreak of bird flu which claimed 22 million hens in Mexican has been declared under control by the country’s president.

Feed News

Midwest Drought Claims Poultry Producer (10/11/2012)

The bankruptcy of a California poultry producer is showing in detail how the Midwestern drought is still rippling through the U.S. economy.

Industry News

US: Peco Foods invests millions in poultry plant (10/29/2012)

S poultry processor, Peco Foods, is to expand its feed mill in Newark, Arkansas and processing plant in Batesville, Arkansas, at a cost of $13.8 million.

Economic impact of US poultry industry highlighted (10/8/2012)

The National Chicken Council (NCC) and the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) have made available a new economic impact study and website that highlights the positive impact the chicken industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States.

China, Brazil, India to lead world broiler grow (10/30/2012)

Rising incomes, an expanding middle class and stronger demand for animal protein have propelled broiler production in China, Brazil and India, and combined these countries represent 85 percent of the forecasted growth in global production for 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Other Organizations' News

Poultry association approves nearly $300,000 in new research grants (free registration required)(10/8/2012)

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation approved $290,762 for eight new research grants at six institutions.

University News

$10 million gifted to poultry science department (10/10/2012)

The Prestage family, of Prestage Farms, gifted $10 million to name and endow the poultry science department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Chancellor Randy Woodson made the announcement to about 300 guests and faculty members at the University Club Tuesday afternoon.

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Other Organizations' News

Innovate 2012 (9/11/2012)

In October 2012, the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in conjunction with Cal Poly and Washington State University will hold our first Innovate Conference. We are hoping to establish Innovate as the premiere regional conference on hot topics in Animal Science and Animal Agriculture.

University News

Foster Farms sponsors new poultry facility (9/14/2012)

The Fresno State Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education Department is acquiring a new Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility, which is scheduled to open spring of 2013.

Avian scientist named interim dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (9/11/2012)

Mary Delany, a distinguished avian geneticist who has served as an associate dean of the UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2009, has been named interim dean of the college.

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Feed News

High corn prices fuel new debate on ethanol (8/1/2012)

LINCOLN — As corn prices hit a record high this week, a debate again erupted between two heavyweights in agriculture over the wisdom of a federal mandate that requires use of corn-based ethanol.

Industry News

Argentina's poultry sector growing (8/13/2012)

Argentina’s poultry production has grown: production has tripled since 2003 and in 2012 alone it has already exported 356,000 tonnes of poultry

Other Organizations' News

WPC 2012: 2020 Congress Will be Held in Paris (8/20/2012)

BRAZIL - At the meeting of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA), members voted for the 2020 World Poultry Congress to be in the French capital. Senior editor, Jackie Linden, reports.

Poultry News

IPC concerned about increasing feed prices (8/20/2012)

The International Poultry Council (IPC) is concerned that the global feed grain shortage is increasing the retail price of poultry, and are calling for governments to intervene in preventing further increases in price.

July 2012   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

New avian flu virus jumps from birds to mammals, kills New England's baby seals (7/31/2012)

A novel avian influenza virus has acquired the ability to infect aquatic mammals and was responsible for an outbreak of fatal pneumonia that recently struck harbor seals in New England, according to scientists at the Center for Infection & Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, New England Aquarium, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, SeaWorld and EcoHealth Alliance

Bird flu outbreak hits chicken farms in Mexico (7/3/2012)

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - An outbreak of avian flu in western Mexico has killed at least 870,000 poultry birds since its detection last month but poses no threat to humans, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

Poultry News

US poultry exports set records again (7/25/2012)

US poultry meat exports for the first five months of 2012 increased by 13% from the same span last year, reaching 1.66 million metric tons, while export value for the period climbed 24% to $2.22 billion, according to trade data released recently by the Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Government News

USDA announces new tracing method for contaminated poultry, meat (5/4/2012)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new method for tracing E. coli-contaminated poultry and meat through the U.S. food chain in an effort to better protect consumers from eating tainted product, according to reports.

Poultry News

Metagenomics discovers new poultry viruses (5/21/2012)

USDA scientists discover unknown poultry viruses using metagenomics, a powerful molecular tool, in order to combat viral enteric disease in birds, the Agricultural Research Service annouced.

'Thousands' of Infections From 1 Poultry Hatchery (5/31/2012)

May 30, 2012 -- A single mail-order poultry hatchery is responsible for an eight-year salmonella outbreak with 316 confirmed human cases in 43 states and thousands of likely infections.

April 2012   (Back to Top)

Government News

Plan to Let Poultry Plants Inspect Birds Is Criticized (4/9/2012)

WASHINGTON — Federal food safety inspectors said a proposal by the Agriculture Department to expand a pilot program that allows private companies to take over the inspections at poultry plants could pose a health risk by allowing contaminated meat to reach customers.

FDA finalizes plan for limiting antibiotics in animal feed (4/12/2012)

The Food and Drug Administration has finalized a plan for asking drug companies to voluntarily limit the use of certain antibiotics in animal feed, in the wake of a U.S. federal judge's decision that their overuse is endangering human health by promoting the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Poultry News

Eminent poultry expert, Dr. Ken Laughlin dies (4/26/2012)

Dr Ken Laughlin, one of the world’s most respected animal welfare and poultry breeding experts, has died after a period of illness.

Banned Antibiotics May Still Be Administered To U.S. Poultry (4/9/2012)

Poultry in the United States is still being fed a prohibited antibiotic, despite the 2005 Federal Drug Administration ban on fluoroquinolones from being using in poultry over concerns that it was a driving force behind antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Industry News

Chicken industry margins have recovered, analyst says (free registration required)(2/3/2012)

The total protein availability of beef, pork and chicken is expected to drop 3.2 percent to the lowest level since 1991, although the average chicken producer is back in the black. Operating margins (based on spot chicken prices and rolling spot feed costs) have recovered and are currently running at about $0.05 per pound, according to one industry analyst.

Brazilian poultry production on the rise (2/27/2012)

Despite revised downward broiler production estimates for 2012 to 13.3 million metric tons, Brazil still looks to set a new record up 3% from 2011. The increase in production is mostly driven by domestic demand and a small recovery in exports.

Canadian Poultry and Egg Statistics (2/27/2012)

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Government News

FDA prohibits use of cephalosporin drugs (1/6/2012)

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The US Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 4 prohibited certain uses of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobial drugs in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys effective April 5.

USDA to close 259 offices in nationwide overhaul (free registration required)(1/10/2012)

USDA late Monday released what it calls its Blueprint for Stronger Service, a widely anticipated overhaul of the agency’s operations, which among other changes will close 259 domestic offices, facilities and labs across the country and seven foreign offices.

Industry News

Chick placements down 3 percent in 2011 (free registration required)(1/5/2012)

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly program set 194 million eggs in incubators during the week ended Dec. 31, 2011, down 4 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

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Industry News

Perdue, Partner Propose Poultry Power (12/21/2011)

Wood chips, poultry litter and hen manure could soon be the catalyst for a new clean energy system in the state of Maryland. Perdue AgriBusiness and Fibrowatt have submitted a proposal to the state to create a biomass boiler operation near Salisbury. The plant would provide 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the state along with 70,000 pounds of steam per hour.

Changing times for the global poultry industry (12/19/2011)

True to tradition, the International Poultry Exposition (IPE) will again be held in Atlanta, GA, USA during the last week of January, 2012. Unlike in previous years however, the show will now run from Tuesday till Thursday. Yet, IPE is dedicated to keeping its international exposure, being one of the major shows for the international poultry business.

Other Organizations' News

Aviagen Supports World Poultry Science Association (12/22/2011)

CZECH REPUBLIC - Aviagen has provided significant support to the Czech branch of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) at the organization’s 15th annual conference in Brno.

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Avian Influenza News

Bird flu – winging its way back? (10/3/2011)

he global poultry industry is already struggling with higher input costs from feed (from competing biofuels demands) and fuel, and may soon be staring down yet another challenge.

Other Organizations' News

National Chicken Council installs new officers (free registration required)(10/10/2011)

Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms, was installed yesterday as chairman of the National Chicken Council.

University News

Mississippi State names new poultry science department head (free registration required)(10/18/2011)

Mississippi State University has named Mary Beck, a past president of the Poultry Science Association, the new head of its Dept. of Poultry Sciences.

September 2011   (Back to Top)

Industry News

US poultry industry hit hard by corn prices (9/20/2011)

Everyone from family poultry farmers to large poultry companies has been hit hard by the rising prices and short supplies of corn, said Michael Welch, National Chicken Council spokesman and chief executive of Harrison Poultry.

US poultry orgs raise concerns about roxarsone ban (9/6/2011)

US poultry organisations, US Poultry & Egg Association and the National Chicken Council, have written to the FDA to share concerns about the recent suspension of the sale of roxarsone animal drug products.

Poultry News

Poultry Power! Plants turning chicken litter into fuel, fertilizer (9/9/2011)

Officials in Maryland and Virginia are taking a hard look at turning poultry litter into fuel, both to enhance water quality and to help make the region energy-independent.

University News

MSU researches poultry health, growth (9/9/2011)

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University researchers are investigating ways to improve the nutrition and growth of the state’s most profitable bird.

USPOULTRY Foundation allocates student grants (9/28/2011)

TUCKER, Ga. – Student recruiting grants totaling approximately $180,000 to the six US universities with poultry science departments and 14 other institutions with poultry programs have been approved by the USPOULTRY Foundation. Annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities are provided by the Foundation to attract students to their poultry programs.

August 2011   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Korean company Harim takes over U.S. poultry producer Allen Family Foods (free registration required)(8/8/2011)

Further details have come to light in South Korean food company Harim's acquisition of Seaford, Del.-based U.S. poultry company Allen Family Foods.

July 2011   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Mountaire Farms discontinues purchase of Allen Family Foods (7/26/2011)

Mountaire Farms has withdrawn its efforts to purchase the assets of bankrupt Delaware poultry company Allen Family Foods.

June 2011   (Back to Top)

Industry News

US poultry export forecast up for 2011 (6/1/2011)

The total forecast for 2011's livestock, poultry and dairy exports has increased by $1.6 billion. Of that, $100 million can be attributed to poultry exports.

Top exec of poultry firm OK Industries dies at 87 (6/8/2011)

FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Collier Wenderoth Jr., who transformed his father's small family business into a player on the national poultry, has died at the age of 87.

Pfizer subsidiary to cease U.S. sales of poultry drug 3-Nitro (free registration required)(6/8/2011)

Alpharma, a subsidiary of giant drug maker Pfizer, said today it would suspend U.S. sales of 3-Nitro, which poultry producers have used to protect the health of their flocks since the 1940s.

FAO: “Higher agriculture commodity prices here to stay” (6/27/2011)

Higher food prices and volatility in commodity markets are here to stay, according to a new report by the OECD and FAO.

May 2011   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Tyson Foods aids US storm victims (5/9/2011)

Tyson Foods, donated more than 270,000 pounds of food as part of disaster relief efforts in several states affected by devastating storms, company officials reported.

Brazil turning to buoyant domestic market (5/9/2011)

Almost 20% more chicken was sold in Brazil in 2010 than in 2009, while less than 6% more was exported. The gap between export and domestic price has narrowed to virtually nothing recently.

147 US Congress members reject proposed GIPSA rule (5/20/2011)

A rule on the marketing of poultry and livestock that would "make profound changes in the relationship between ranchers and farmers who produce cattle, swine, chickens and turkey and the companies that bring meat and poultry products to market" is being opposed by 147 members of the U.S. Congress.

Other Organizations' News

Poultry association names new VP of education programs (free registration required)(5/18/2011)

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has promoted Barbara Jenkins to vice president of education programs, the Tucker, Ga.-based group announced Monday.

Poultry News

Little known Danish Hellevad chicken could hold key to robust health (5/10/2011)

Traditional strains of chicken may not have a place in the modern poultry house, but they could hold the key to some future advances in breeding. Take the case of the Hellevad chicken, little known outside a remote corner of Denmark until it was found to contain a gene that seems to be linked to robust health.

April 2011   (Back to Top)

Government News

EU mandates chicken ear tagging (4/4/2011)

A new EU Directive aimed at controlling the spread of avian disease will require poultry producers to ear tag their birds, it was announced this week at the EU Commission.

Industry News

Poultry meat demand on an upward spiral (4/7/2011)

The meat market is a global business and poultry meat is a major part of it. But what does the future hold and where are the threats and opportunities? Shifts and patterns are analysed here.

Poultry Industry Unloads on Ethanol and GIPSA Rule at House Ag Hearing (4/15/2011)

Poultry interests say escalating feed prices are costing the industry billions of dollars and have led to the lowest U.S. per capita meat supply since the 1980s. And they blame it all on federal ethanol policy.

Poultry News

Turning chicken feathers into plastic lessens waste (4/7/2011)

US scientists have developed a method to turn chicken feathers into plastic products and are working on bringing the technology closer to the marketplace.

March 2011   (Back to Top)

Government News

USDA announces new standards for reducing salmonella and campylobacter in chickens, turkeys (3/18/2011)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced revised and new performance standards, going into effect in July, aimed at reducing the prevalence of salmonella and campylobacter in young chickens and turkeys.

National Poultry Improvement Plan and Auxiliary Provisions - Changes (3/25/2011)

We are amending the National Poultry Improvement Plan (the Plan) and its auxiliary provisions by providing new or modified sampling and testing procedures for Plan participants and participating flocks. The changes were voted on and approved by the voting delegates at the Plan's 2008 National Plan Conference. These changes will keep the provisions of the Plan current with changes in the poultry industry and provide for the use of new sampling and testing procedures.

Industry News

Poultry industry programs improving water quality (3/18/2011)

WASHINGTON – The US poultry industry’s tools and programs that are improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, as well as throughout the United States, should be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a poultry industry representative told a House Agriculture Subcommittee earlier this week.

Wholesale broiler prices trending upward: ERS (3/25/2011)

WASHINGTON – According to the “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” report issued last week from the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, wholesale prices for a number of broiler products “seem to have reached a low point at the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011.” ERS added that prices are now slowly trending upward.

Other Organizations' News

2012 International Poultry Expo dates changing (3/31/2011)

The 2012 International Poultry Expo, co-located with the International Feed Expo, is moving to a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday format.

February 2011   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Bird flu alert in India’s main poultry area (2/21/2011)

India’s main poultry production area, Andhra Pradesh, is on alert after Avian Influenza was confirmed on a duck farm.

Industry News

Peco, Omtron to buy Townsends (2/21/2011)

GEORGETOWN, DEL. – Peco Foods, Inc. will acquire Townsends, Inc.’s Arkansas division for $51.4 million, and Omtron Ltd. has agreed to buy Townsends North Carolina division, its headquarters in Georgetown and certain other assets for $24.9 million. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued its final approval for the transactions on Feb. 17.

2010 US poultry export values reach $4.2 billion in spite of trade challenges (2/21/2011)

U.S. poultry export values reached $4.2 billion in 2010, up 0.2% over 2009 in spite of a year when Russia, historically the largest importer of U.S. chicken, banned U.S. poultry imports for the first eight months and China pursued an anti-dumping case against U.S. chicken that had exports to that country at a standstill for most of the year.

IPE forum examines challenges of poultry industry (2/4/2011)

Speaking at the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum at the 2011 International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, Dr. Paul Aho, principal, Poultry Perspectives, commented, “The two biggest challenges facing the poultry industry are grain and energy prices.”

Top U.S. Poultry Companies: 2011 Rankings (2/10/2011)

Supporters say arsenic contaminates chicken meat, groundwater (2/11/2011)

Maryland Sen. Paul G. Pinsky and delegate Tom Hucker have introduced a bill into the state legislature that would ban arsenic-based drugs commonly used in the feed of commercial poultry operations.

US poultry prices slated to rise 2% to 3% in 2011 due to increased corn costs (2/15/2011)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting a 2% to 3% poultry price increase in 2011, which will bring the national average price for boneless chicken breast to $3.424 per pound (from $3.324 per pound).

Canadian poultry production - growth predicted (2/17/2011)

Canadian agricultural production will continue to experience only moderate growth over the medium term, largely due to increasing competition for export markets and relatively small domestic demand growth, according to a recent Research & Markets Agribusiness report.

Other Organizations' News

Mike Brown Named President of National Chicken Council (2/11/2011)

The next president of the National Chicken Council will be Mike Brown, currently senior vice president for legislative affairs of the American Meat Institute, NCC Chairman Bernard Leonard announced today. Brown will join NCC in March to succeed George Watts, who is retiring after 38 years as president.

USPOULTRY names ‘Workhorse of the Year’ (2/4/2011)

ATLANTA – Monty Henderson, recently retired president of George’s Inc., Springdale, Ark., and 2009 US Poultry & Egg Association chairman of the board, was named Workhorse of the Year by USPOULTRY during the 2011 International Poultry Expo

US Poultry & Egg Association announces officers, directors (2/4/2011)

TUCKER, Ga. – The US Poultry & Egg Association 2011 officers and directors were recently announced. The officers include: Chairman, Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms, Oakwood, Ohio; vice chairman, Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, Ala.; treasurer, James Adams, Wenger’s Feed Mill, Rheems, Pa.; secretary Elton Maddox, Wayne Farms, Oakwood, Ga.; and immediate past chairman, Steve Willardsen, Cargill Value Added Meats, Wichita, Kan.

Poultry News

Poultry may overtake red meat in US diets by 2018, says USDA (2/15/2011)

According to recent U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts, poultry may overtake other meat — beef, lamb, mutton, pork and veal — in the American diet by 2018.

University News

Agriculture: Student wins national poultry prize (2/21/2011)

Animal science senior Tyler Gamble knows not to count his eggs before they hatch — his research on chicken hatchability has earned him a national award.

Auburn University's Poultry Science Club named Club of the year at this year's IPE! (2/21/2011)

January 2011   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

University of Cambridge: GM chickens could prevent epidemics (1/18/2011)

New research from the University of Cambridge has genetically-modified (GM) chickens so they do not spread bird flu.

Government News

Newcastle Disease Virus Vaccine on the Horizon (1/13/2011)

Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is an important pathogen that causes disease and death not only in domestic and commercial poultry, but also in wild bird populations around the world. Current Newcastle disease (ND) vaccines are used widely in commercial poultry and protect the vaccinated birds from disease but do not prevent them from becoming infected and carrying the virulent virus or shedding it in their feces. Therefore, the current vaccines do not eliminate virulent virus transmission from infected to healthy birds.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride launches new website as part of rebranding campaign (1/25/2011)

Pilgrim's Pride has introduced a redesigned consumer-friendly website to provide its customers updated information about the US poultry company.

Pfizer Animal Health to acquire Synbiotics Corporation (1/3/2011)

Pfizer Animal Health has announced an agreement to acquire Synbiotics Corporation, a privately held, Kansas City-based leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of immunodiagnostic tests for companion and food production animals.

Don Tyson, former Tyson Foods chairman/CEO, dies at 80 (1/6/2011)

Don Tyson, former Tyson Foods chairman and CEO, has died at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

Other Organizations' News

2011 Digital Expo Guide (1/25/2011)

Don't forget to download the guide to the International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo, available on the Web and as a fully featured App for iPhone and iPad. It includes a complete list of exhibitors, exhibitors by product category, show floor maps, seminar schedules and more.

Big Turnout For International Poultry/Feed Expo (1/31/2011)

This year’s International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo has done very well on attendance as was expected.

December 2010   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Bird markets may play role in H5N1 infection (12/3/2010)

Vets at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) have published research which points to live bird markets in playing a role as sources of renewed infection from the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Government News

Senate Passes Sweeping Law on Food Safety (12/3/2010)

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food safety system on Tuesday, after tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands of people in the last few years and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.

FSIS gauges new poultry Salmonella performance standards (12/27/2010)

WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service recently reviewed the operations at plants where young turkeys or chickens were slaughtered to assess their compliance with the proposed Salmonella performance standards, which are not yet formally in effect. FSIS has been measuring the industry’s performance to determine what percent of establishments would have met the agency’s 90% compliance goal by the end of 2010 had they been in effect.

House passes FDA Food Safety Bill (12/27/2010)

WASHINGTON – On Dec. 21, the House of Representatives passed the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Bill for a third time by a vote of 215 to 144, the American Meat Institute relays. During consideration in the Senate, S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was attached as a substitute to H.R. 2751. The Senate passed H.R. 2751 during a rare weekend session on Sunday, Dec. 19, by unanimous consent.

Industry News

Get ready for IPE/IFE 2011 (12/27/2010)

Poultry, feed industries unite in Atlanta for the world's largest display.

Gene George of George’s Inc. dies (12/3/2010)

Ellis Eugene “Gene” George, 88, chairman of George’s Inc., died after a short illness.

JBS to use remote video auditing to enhance food safety, animal welfare (12/3/2010)

GREELEY, Colo. – Officials with JBS USA announced plans to implement a 24-7 remote video-auditing program at its eight US-based beef processing facilities to enhance its food-safety interventions and quality programs as well as to ensure proper animal handling by its employees.

Other Organizations' News

www.chicken.ca has recipe database, shareable content, social media (12/3/2010)

News from AEB PDF(12/3/2010)

November 2010   (Back to Top)

Industry News

Perdue Farms reaches 90 (11/12/2010)

SALISBURY -- In an office on the second floor of an old farmhouse, Perdue Farms Inc. Chairman Jim Perdue can see the yard where a backyard chicken coop hatched an international business.

Poultry Industry Blasts Proposed GIPSA Rule,Urges Agency to Withdraw It PDF(11/23/2010)

WASHINGTON – November 22, 2010 – A massive regulation proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the production and marketing of poultry and livestock is unconstitutional, unsupported by any meaningful economic analysis, and is in defiance of court rulings and Congressional mandates, the poultry industry said in comments filed with the agency today. The proposed regulation should be withdrawn and rewritten, the industry said.

National Turkey Federation Submits Comments on GIPSA Proposed Rule (11/23/2010)

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today told USDA its proposed regulation governing poultry and livestock contracts and marketing could wind up hurting the very producers the department claims it is trying to protect.

Broiler production estimates increased for 2010-11 (11/16/2010)

WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture increased its estimates for broiler production this year and next year despite projected higher feed costs, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report from the World Agricultural Outlook Board, relays the National Chicken Councils Nov. 12 Washington Report.

October 2010   (Back to Top)

Industry News

USA - Surge in poultry production (10/20/2010)

While broiler hatchery output in the United States is trending lower in absolute terms, it is at a very slow pace, and year-over-year increases are ballooning with each passing week, according to analysts at Informa Economics.

Allen Family Foods makes food-safety history (10/20/2010)

SEAFORD, DEL. –Allen Family Foods Inc. has achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000, Level 3 Certification including scores within the highest or “Excellent” category. The company is one of the first vertically integrated poultry companies in the US to achieve this level of food-safety certification, said Jane Pappin, SQF Certification Manager for Cert ID.

World broiler exports to climb 3.3% in 2011 (10/20/2010)

WASHINGTON – For 2011, broiler exports by major countries are forecasted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to be 8,954,000 metric tons, 3.3% above the 8,666,000 tons estimated for 2010, according to the “Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade” report issued last week.

US chicken export value down 20% in August (10/20/2010)

WASHINGTON – In August 2010, US chicken exports suffered a 19.2% decrease in quantity and a 20.3% decrease in value compared with August 2009, according to the National Chicken Council. Exports this August were 261,907 metric tons valued at $276.95 million compared with 324,133 tons valued at $347.48 million in August a year ago.

South American poultry industry grows despite economic pressures (free registration required)(10/29/2010)

Solid growth by South American poultry producers continued undaunted in spite of the recent global financial downturn, according to a report by WorldPoultry.net.

Other Organizations' News

National Chicken Council installs new officers (10/8/2010)

WASHINGTON – Bernard Leonard, group vice president of Food Service, Tyson Foods Inc., Springdale, Ark., was installed Oct. 6 as chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC). Lampkin Butts, president of Sanderson Farms, Laurel, Miss., took office as vice chairman, and Bill Lovette, president and chief operating officer of Case Foods, Troutman, N.C., became secretary-treasurer.

Listen to a podcast on poultry industry outlook (10/8/2010)

At the National Chicken Council's 56th Annual Conference, industry leaders discussed the state of the poultry industry with panelists from Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, Perdue Farms, Simmons Foods and Tyson Foods.

Poultry News

Poultry Industry Announces Salmonella/Campylobacter Reduction Conference (10/8/2010)

The U.S. poultry industry is reacting to stringent new performance standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) aimed at reducing Salmonella and Campylobacter.

September 2010   (Back to Top)

Egg News

Egg Industry Center Newsletters (9/17/2010)

These letters emphasizes miscellaneous statistics about the U.S. egg industry, it includes regional comparisons and 10 year trends for some of the variables.

Government News

NPIP adopts Salmonella Enteritidis monitoring program (free registration required)(9/17/2010)

The National Poultry Improvement Plan has voted to adopt a voluntary monitoring program for broiler producers to establish the relative prevalence of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in parent breeding flocks, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association announced Thursday.

Industry News

2010 broiler, pork production estimates reduced (9/17/2010)

The latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates reports broiler and pork production are reduced from last month. The 2011 forecast is reduced as higher feed prices encourage cattle producers to keep cattle on forage longer and tempers pork, broiler and turkey production gains.

China imposes heavy import tariffs on US poultry (9/27/2010)

China is to impose import tariffs on US poultry of up to 105.4%, according to the country’s Ministry of Commerce.

Poultry News

American Humane OKs new poultry stunning method (Updated) (free registration required)(9/8/2010)

The American Humane Association has accepted as humane a controlled-atmosphere stunning method called Low Atmospheric Pressure System (LAPs).

University News

ISU Researcher, Local Company Collaborate for New, Faster Salmonella Detection (9/9/2010)

Using technology available through a local company, an Iowa State University researcher is working on a faster method to detect and genetically identify Salmonella from contaminated foods, according to a report in the latest Food Safety Consortium newsletter.

August 2010   (Back to Top)

Egg News

Report: US flock sizes and egg prices to increase (8/19/2010)

Don Bell of the University of California, in association with the Egg Industry Center at the University of Iowa, has released an August 2 summary of flock size and egg price projections.

FDA says chicken feed linked to egg recall (free registration required)(8/27/2010)

Food and Drug Administration investigators have found positive samples of salmonella in chicken feed used at the two farms implicated in the salmonella outbreak that triggered a recall of over 550 million eggs, FDA officials told journalists on Thursday.

July 2010   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Improved disease prevention could save billions (7/28/2010)

Governments could save billions of dollars by stepping up the prevention and control of high impact animal diseases, some of which pose a direct threat to human health, FAO said.

Avian flu identified in songbirds (7/16/2010)

Ducks and other waterfowl have long been known to be carriers of avian flu. Now, UCLA scientists have found that songbirds and perching birds carry a milder form of bird flu that has the potential to spread to other animals and humans.

Egg News

US enacts new egg safety rules (7/16/2010)

A new set of safety rules went into effect July 9 aimed at curbing salmonella contamination in eggs. The rules, a coordinated strategy between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) , requires egg processors having more than 50,000 laying hens to add preventive measures and use refrigeration when storing and transporting eggs, among other things.

ARS: No quality difference between eggs (7/16/2010)

There is no substantial quality difference between organically and conventionally produced eggs, according to findings from an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study examining various aspects of egg quality.

Government News

Questions about USDA? Ask the expert! (free registration required)(7/8/2010)

USDA has announced the launch of Ask the Expert, a search engine that “optimizes customer experience while conserving taxpayer dollars,” according to a news release about the online tool.

Industry News

Tyson looking to expand in Brazil (free registration required)(7/12/2010)

Tyson Foods' subsidiary Tyson do Brasil confirmed it is looking to expand in Brazil's southern region, as well as boost international sales from its three poultry operations there.

New U.S. meat, poultry traceability guide issued (7/16/2010)

WASHINGTON – On July 14, a new implementation guide for applying traceability standards in the U.S. meat and poultry supply chain was announced by the Meat and Poultry B2B Data Standards Organization (mpXML) and GS1 US. Free of charge and available immediately, the guide was developed with U.S. meat and poultry suppliers and retailers “to provide consistent, practical product-traceability guidance for industry-wide use.”

The poultry industry’s ‘new normal’ (7/16/2010)

Although the financial position for the poultry industry has improved considerably, challenges remain as the volatility surrounding the industry seems to increase at a faster and faster pace, according to Mike Donohue of Agri Stats.

Chicken producers debate 'natural' label (7/30/2010)

SAN FRANCISCO — A disagreement among poultry producers about whether chicken injected with salt, water and other ingredients can be promoted as "natural" has prompted federal officials to consider changing labeling guidelines.

Other Organizations' News

International Poultry Expo expects growth in 2011 (7/16/2010)

Both the numbers of attendees and exhibiting companies at the 2011 International Poultry Expo are expected to increase, according to members of US Poultry & Egg Association’s Exhibitor Advisory Committee.

USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic moves from summer to winter (free registration required)(7/8/2010)

The 2011 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic, the annual seminar sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association's Poultry & Egg Institute, will move from its traditional July dates to Jan. 25-26. It will be held in conjunction with the International Poultry Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council members elected (7/8/2010)

Joel Coleman, VP and GM of international sales at Butterball LLC in Mt. Olive, N.C., has been elected as chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2010-11

Poultry News

American Humane Assn approves FASS Animal Care Guidelines (7/26/2010)

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) has announced that its animal welfare standards have been approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Humane Association’s American Humane Certified™ farm animal program.

University News

Texas A&M wins Poultry Judging Contest (7/26/2010)

ATLANTA – Texas A&M University was named the winner of the 63rd U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held at Louisiana State University. They were high team overall. Kevin Ellis, also from Texas A&M, was high individual overall winner. The team repeated as national champions, winning the contest in both 2008 and 2009.

‘Lab on a Chip’ to detect E. Coli (7/26/2010)

A series of "lab on a chip" applications in development at the University of Arizona can identify pathogens in minutes rather than days, using a simple device (which may be attached to a faucet) that can deliver results locally.

June 2010   (Back to Top)

Industry News

USA - High praise for poultry processors (6/28/2010)

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council have recognized chicken and turkey companies that exemplified outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective safety and health programs.

Brazil strikes again: Marfrig to buy Keystone Foods (free registration required)(6/16/2010)

Marfrig Alimentos S.A. has announced an agreement to acquire global foodservice supplier Keystone Foods LLC, giving another Brazilian protein purveyor a global platform by way of the United States.

Other Organizations' News

GIPSA’s Proposed Rule Is One-Sided and Unrealistic (6/25/2010)

The National Chicken Council released the following comment today on the rule proposed by the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration.

May 2010   (Back to Top)

Egg News

Industry Balance Pays Off (5/25/2010)

Egg prices are up, production costs are down and controlling flock size is contributing to market stability.

Egg Industry Shifts to Meet Consumer Concerns (5/6/2010)

Egged on by animal rights activists, retailers and concerned consumers are pushing the poultry industry to redesign the modern hen house for chicken well-being. But Penn State poultry scientists insist that changes be science-based and economic to the producer.

Traceability system for Canadian egg industry (5/7/2010)

An investment made by the Canadian government of more CAN$800,000 (US$774,000) has allowed Canadian egg farmers a set of national traceability standards.

Eggs. The new superfood (5/7/2010)

Eggs can help you to lose weight and stay fit and healthy. According to a new study carried out by dietician and public health nutritionist, Dr Carrie Ruxton, eggs should be considered a "superfood". The research paper, due to be published in Nutrition & Food Science Journal, in June, confirms that eggs are a rich source of protein, as well as several essential nutrients, particularly vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline.

Government News

Obama nominates Wotecki to U.S.D.A. post (5/7/2010)

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated Catherine Woteki, Ph.D., as U.S.D.A.’s Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at U.S.D.A., oversaw the U.S. government's Office for the Codex Alimentarius Commission and coordinated U.S. government food safety policy development and U.S.D.A.'s continuity of operations planning from 1997-2001.

Value of poultry, eggs off 12% in 2009 (5/4/2010)

WASHINGTON – In 2009, the combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens was $31.6 billion, down 12% from the $36 billion in 2008, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Industry News

Cost of Poultry Products Fell During Past Year (5/3/2010)

The combined value of production from broilers, eggs, turkeys, and the value of sales from chickens in 2009 was $31.6 billion, down 12 percent from the $36.0 billion in 2008. Of the combined total, 69 percent was from broilers, 19 percent from eggs, 11 percent from turkeys, and less than 1 percent from chickens.

China imposing new tariffs on US poultry (5/3/2010)

The Chinese government has announcement that it will impose up to 31% duties on imports of US poultry, but analysts say this will cause little worry.

Ag Secretary, Attorney General hear poultry grower complaints (5/25/2010)

Broiler growers from across the South on Friday took advantage of a joint USDA-Department of Justice workshop on poultry industry competition and regulation to mostly say they feel the contract production system is unfair and does not adequately address their financial needs.

Salmonella, Campylobacter poultry standards set (5/11/2010)

WASHINGTON – New performance standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in young chickens (broilers) and turkeys were announced on May 10 by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, which he said fulfills another key recommendation of the President's Food Safety Working Group.

Tyson Foods, JBS Pilgrim's Pride primed for competition (5/14/2010)

During the past week Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride reported results for their most recent quarters. Since these titans of the protein industry collectively dominate U.S. broiler production, their performance and relative success provides a valuable insight into the current state of production and future profitability.

Poultry News

ARS poultry farm gains organic certification (5/14/2010)

Organic certification has been given to a poultry research facility operated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fayetteville, Ark. It's one of the first such facilities for poultry research in the US.

University News

Poultry scientists urge research investments (5/11/2010)

Representatives of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) joined a group of more than 30 scientists and leaders from a variety of organizations in a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to drive greater awareness of the need for additional funding for food-related research.

April 2010   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Supercomputers map pathogens as they emerge and evolve (4/19/2010)

BRISBANE: Instead of simply focusing on human infections, infectious disease researchers can now track the complex interactions, movement and evolution of the pathogens themselves using supercomputers.

Industry News

Russia and the US may resolve poultry dispute (4/19/2010)

A trade dispute that has essentially halted US chicken exports to Russia may be resolved “very soon” according to James Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

Outlook for chicken industry just keeps getting better (free registration required)(4/19/2010)

Growing demand, restrained production, healthy prices and well-behaved feed costs are setting the stage for a substantial rebound in chicken margins, analysts who attended a recent industry conference said.

World meat market to grow by 40% (4/27/2010)

Population growth and income growth will drive the world meat market to almost 40% growth in the next 10-20 years, concluded Dirk Jan Kennes of Rabobank at the opening ceremony of VIV Europe in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This is good news for the poultry sector!

Broiler-type eggs up 3% (4/2/2010)

WASHINGTON – During the week ending March 27, commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly program set 205 million eggs in incubators, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is up 3% from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 83%.

Sanderson Farms to offer 2 million shares of common stock (4/2/2010)

Poultry processor Sanderson Farms plans to offer 2 million shares of common stock to help finance the construction of its new poultry complex in Kinston, N.C., and a potential new large-bird complex near Goldsboro, N.C. The proceeds could also be used to reduce debt, to invest in cash and cash equivalents, for general corporate purposes and as working capital.

The 2009/2010 WATT Executive Guide to World Poultry Trends (4/7/2010)

All in the poultry meat and egg industries have felt the impact of the global financial crisis, which has brought about a marked slowdown in world economic growth with the accompanying adverse impacts on global output, trade and demand. The 2009/10 WATT Executive Guide to World Poultry Trends offers detailed analysis on a country-by-country and market-by-market basis.

Poultry News

Egg whites may fight poultry infections (4/7/2010)

Scientists have found proteins in egg whites that could be used to fight infections which cost the chicken industry billions of pounds each year.

March 2010   (Back to Top)

Government News

US: New food safety law (3/22/2010)

American Congress will pass a new law to overhaul the antiquated food safety system by the end of the year, US Rep. Rosa DeLauro, an influential House lawmaker, has announced.

Industry News

USA's Top Turkey Companies: Profiles (3/4/2010)

WATT PoultryUSA turkey rankings are based on total live pounds slaughtered annually. Data is from an exclusive survey of companies, published sources, and industry estimates

Sanofi-Aventis, Merck to combine animal health divisions (3/11/2010)

Sanofi-Aventis has exercised its option to combine its animal health company Merial with Merck’s animal health business Intervet/Schering-Plough. The companies say the merger would create the world’s largest distributor of animal pharmaceuticals.

Other Organizations' News

NCC Releases Revised Program on Animal Welfare (3/4/2010)

The National Chicken Council released today a revision of its Animal Welfare Guidelines and Audit Checklist, the industry-standard program for assessment of animal welfare programs and practices in broiler and broiler-breeder operations.

Poultry News

Foodborne illness costs US$152 bln per year (3/4/2010)

Acute foodborne illnesses, such as those caused by Salmonella, cost the US an estimated $152 bln per year in healthcare, workplace and other economic losses, according to a report published by the Produce Safety Project (PSP).

AVMA briefs congress on importance of antibiotics (3/31/2010)

America's largest veterinary association briefed the Congress on the uses of antibiotics and how they help protect animal health, providing in-depth scientific information on the necessity of antibiotic use for preventing and treating disease in companion animals and livestock.

University News

UI students get up-close, personal with farm animals (3/31/2010)

An observant chicken watches over a chicken coop at the Poultry Research Farm in Urbana on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

February 2010   (Back to Top)

Government News

USDA projects growth for livestock industry until 2019 (2/22/2010)

The US Department of Agriculture has recently released its 10-year outlook, this time stretching to 2020. Further growth is expected, but in all livestock sectors strong figures as in the past years will not be reached.

Industry News

Chicken group asks FDA to revise egg rule (2/23/2010)

The National Chicken Council has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to modify a rule that would virtually eliminate the $5M annual market for hatching eggs that are not needed for broiler production and are sold to companies that can use them for processed food products.

Poultry processor featured on Discovery Channel (free registration required)(2/9/2010)

Salisbury, Md.-based Perdue Farms announced it will be one of seven companies from around the world featured on the premiere of a new Discovery Channel program about environmental leaders.

Other Organizations' News

Poultry industry safety program created (free registration required)(2/17/2010)

WASHINGTON – In order to recognize those facilities that have achieved a high level of safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective safety and health programs, the Joint Poultry Industry Safety and Health Council announces the first annual safety award program

Poultry Association Elects New Officers (2/1/2010)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association elected the 2010 slate of officers and directors during the International Poultry Expo.

Poultry News

Feed, poultry expo draws 19K in attendance (2/9/2010)

The 2010 International Feed Expo, organized by the American Feed Industry Association, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association's International Poultry Expo, drew attendance of approximately 19,000, surpassing the 2009 attendance of less than 18,000, according to AFIA.

January 2010   (Back to Top)

Government News

USDA LAUNCHES TOLL-FREE HELP DESK FOR SMALL MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSORS (1/11/2010)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the opening of its new small plant help-desk, which will provide for operators of small and very small meat, poultry and processed egg products establishments seeking help with agency requirements with direct access to knowledgeable staff specialists. The help-desk also will provide assistance to state and local food regulatory agencies – FSIS' partners in keeping meat, poultry and egg products safe for consumers

Industry News

Saskatchewan to dump poultry licensing rules (1/15/2010)

The agriculture ministry of Saskatchewan in Canada has plans afoot to repeal the provincial regulations requiring licensing in the hatchery and poultry industries.

Analysts bullish on chicken industry in 2010 (1/22/2010)

(USA) Encouraged by improving chicken prices and margins, Wall Street analysts are ratcheting up expectations for Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms in the new year. "Chicken fundamentals have reached an inflection point," said BMO Capital Markets' Kenneth Zaslow in a note to clients Friday.

Pilgrim’s Pride board shaken up (free registration required)(1/4/2010)

Wesley Mendonca Batista, chief operating officer of JBS S.A., has replaced 81-year-old Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim as chair on the board of directors of Pilgrim's Pride Corp., according to a filing at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Pilgrim's Pride Completes Reorganization; New Stock to Trade on New York Stock Exchange (1/2/2010)

PITTSBURG, Texas, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (Pink Sheets: PGPDQ) today announced that the company and six of its subsidiaries have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a 13-month restructuring

Pilgrim’s Pride to move headquarters (1/8/2010)

The layoff of 160 employees at Pilgrim’s Pride headquarters and 70 administrative and corporate employees at 12 other locations is one of the latest steps in the restructuring of the company as part of JBS USA, the Dallas Business Journal reported.

Other Organizations' News

2010 IPE/IFE Guide now available online (1/8/2010)

Turn to the 2010 International Expo Guide to plan and maximize your time at the International Poultry/International Feed Expo, January 27-29, in Atlanta, Ga.

Poultry News

Top 11 list for the decade - with emphasis on Latin America (1/8/2010)

Making lists of the most significant events of the year and decade is very popular right now, so I decided to prepare my own list of the most significant events and tecnologies of the last decade: the 2000's. This is a poultry industry perspective, with particular emphasis on Latin America (which explains many of my choices). (There are 11 items because I'd left a very important issue - ethanol - out of my original list)

University News

New leader for University of Arkansas poultry science programs (free registration required)(1/8/2010)

Michael T. Kidd has been appointed director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and Head of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, the school announced.

December 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

H1N1 found in US turkey flock (12/4/2009)

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the pandemic H1N1 flu virus was confirmed in a flock of breeder turkeys in Virginia. It is the first case involving turkeys in the U.S.

Egg News

Egg yolks help reduce sight loss (12/3/2009)

Researchers from Massachusetts University in the US have proven that by eating egg yolks regularly, people over 60 may be able to reduce the risk of age related sight loss caused by macular degeneration.

Industry News

Chickens outpace horses in Kentucky (12/18/2009)

Kentucky’s revenue from poultry is projected to hit $930M this year, significantly higher than the horse industry’s predicted revenue of $750M, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Lee Meyer told the Associated Press. The poultry industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, with revenue increasing from $260M in 2001 to $918M in 2008, the AP reports.

Tyson names execs for poultry, pork and beef units (12/8/2009)

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Tyson Foods Inc. has promoted two executives to lead the company's poultry and beef and pork units, filling leadership positions created when the company named a new CEO and chief operating officer last month.

Other Organizations' News

National Chicken Council Comment on Consumer Reports article: "Chicken is Safe" (12/1/2009)

"Chicken is safe. Like all fresh foods, raw chicken may have some microorganisms present, but these are destroyed by the heat of normal cooking. Consumers are encouraged to follow the safe handling and cooking instructions printed on every package of fresh meat and poultry sold in this country.

Poultry News

Behind the numbers (12/1/2009)

At 14 percent, the overall salmonella incidence is within the range we've seen in the past 12 years. In previous tests, the incidence ranged from 9 percent to 16 percent overall. Campylobacter incidence has varied more. Now it's 62 percent overall; in our previous tests it ranged from 42 percent to 81 percent.

University News

Texas A&M poultry team repeats as national champion (12/14/2009)

For the seventh time in the last eight competitions, the Texas A&M University Poultry Judging Team has won a national championship.

November 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Researchers Suggest Avian Flu Pandemic Prevented Because Virus Needs to Undergo Two Simultaneous Mutations (11/20/2009)

The requirement for at least two simultaneous genetic mutations to occur before avian strains of flu readily transmit between people could explain why viruses such as H5N1 haven’t yet caused a human pandemic, according to research by scientists in the U.K. and U.S.

Egg News

Study: Cage-free eggs would cost consumers (11/6/2009)

WASHINGTON -- Consumers would spend $2.66 billion more for eggs each year if U.S. egg farmers could no longer produce eggs in modern cage systems, according to a recent study.

Government News

Vilsack spent millions for US food, ag exports (11/20/2009)

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that 70 US trade organizations received more than $234 mln in Fiscal Year 2009 to help promote American food and agricultural products overseas.

Industry News

Tyson names new c.e.o., c.o.o. (11/20/2009)

SPRINGDALE, ARK. — John Tyson, chairman of the board of Tyson Foods, Inc. announced on Nov. 19 that Donnie Smith, currently senior group vice-president of Poultry and Prepared Foods, will be the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Additionally, Jim Lochner, currently senior group vice-president of Fresh Meats, has been named the company’s chief operating officer.

Other Organizations' News

Conservation Reserve Program Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, October 19, 2009. PDF(11/6/2009)

American Egg Board October 09 Newsletter PDF(11/6/2009)

The Ultimate Turkey Cooking Guide (11/20/2009)

The holiday season can be a busy time. We hope these links help you in the preparation of holiday meals and celebration

Poultry News

US: Poultry sustainability at work (11/30/2009)

The US meat and poultry industries are increasingly turning their attention to creating renewable products (such as adhesives and plastics) from the animal by-products that can't be sold in supermarkets.

U.S. troops help restart Iraqi poultry plant (free registration required)(11/6/2009)

BAGHDAD — On Oct. 31, U.S. soldiers used their agriculture and engineering expertise to help bring an idle chicken processing plant near Mahmudiyah back into operation; one that will provide food and jobs, according to Sgt. Jon Soles of the Multi-National Division Baghdad.

Code of Practice for Salmonella control (11/6/2009)

In the UK, the revised Code of Practice for the Control of Salmonella in Animal Feeds has been published in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

Ohio passes livestock standards board initiative (11/6/2009)

Following a campaign with strong support from the agricultural community led by the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio's State Issue #2 passed with support from nearly two-thirds of voters.

October 2009   (Back to Top)

Egg News

World Egg Day celebrated on 9 Oct (10/5/2009)

World Egg Day on 9 October brings together consumers to health professionals to celebrate the big benefits that come from such a unique package - the egg.

Government News

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK LAUNCHES NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, ANNOUNCES VISION FOR SCIENCE AND RESEARCH AT USDA (10/12/2009)

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with a major speech regarding the role of science and research at USDA. At an event at the National Press Club with John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Vilsack outlined his vision for addressing the some of the world's major challenges over the coming decades:

Industry News

US, Brazil poultry industries sign MOU (10/14/2009)

Poultry industry leaders in the US and Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding, pledging to work cooperatively on common issues while remaining staunch competitors.

Chicken and egg report is good news for poultry companies (free registration required)(10/28/2009)

September declines in pullets and broiler-type hatching layers spell good news for companies like Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms, according to an analysis of USDA's Chicken and Eggs Report, which was released on Friday.

Other Organizations' News

National Chicken Council installs new leadership (free registration required)(10/2/2009)

Thomas Hensley Jr., president of Fieldale Farms Corp. was installed Thursday as chairman of the National Chicken Council, while Bernard Leonard, group vice president/food service for Tyson Foods Inc. took office as vice chairman and Lampkin Butts, president of Sanderson Farms, became secretary-treasurer, NCC announced.

GROUPS URGE TRADE REPRESENTATIVE TO CHALLENGE E.U. BARRIER TO U.S. POULTRY (10/2/2009)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is being jointly urged by four concerned groups to have the World Trade Organization (WTO) determine if a major barrier to U.S. poultry exports to the European Union is a violation of WTO’s rules. In a September 24 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk the National Chicken Council, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, National Turkey Federation, and the National Association of Manufacturers re-confirmed their strong support for U.S. Trade Representative action that would result in a WTO dispute settlement panel that addresses the EU’s blocking action against four antimicrobials that reduce pathogens during poultry processing.

September 2009   (Back to Top)

Government News

FDA: new rules to reduce Salmonella from eggs (9/24/2009)

New federal regulations require most egg producers to take steps to prevent the spread of Salmonella enteritidis, reports the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Slaughter seeks new study on animal antibiotic (9/24/2009)

New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, has asked the Government Accountability Office to conduct a new study on the federal government’s tracking and monitoring antibiotic use in animals and the government’s efforts to assess and mitigate "human health risk related to antibiotic use in animals".

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride files plan of reorganisation (9/24/2009)

Pilgrim's Pride and 6 of its subsidiaries that are debtors and debtors in possession in the chapter 11 cases pending in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas have announced they have filed a joint plan of reorganisation and disclosure statement under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

JBS S.A. addresses Pilgrim's Pride acquisition rumor (9/8/2009)

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – In the aftermath of rumors about an impending sale of Pilgrim’s Pride to JBS S.A. that began circulating in the media in recent days, JBS e-mailed a news release to MEATPOULTRY.com on Sept. 2 addressing the rumor—although it never mentioned Pilgrim’s Pride. The company statement said it routinely and constantly analyzes investment opportunities for expansion and growth.

Broiler chick placements down 2% (9/11/2009)

WASHINGTON – During the week ending Sept. 5, broiler growers in the 19-state weekly program placed 167 million chicks for meat production. Placements were down 2% from the comparable week a year earlier, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meat and poultry industry significant for US economy (9/11/2009)

America's meat and poultry industry, comprised of packers and processors, wholesalers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $832.4 billion dollars annually to the US economy, roughly 5% of total GDP, according to a new Economic Impact Study from the American Meat Institute (AMI).

JBS, Pilgrim's Pride work out a deal (free registration required)(9/16/2009)

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. on Wednesday announced that under a reorganization plan filed under Chapter 11 bankruptcy the company will sell 64 percent of its new common stock to JBS S.A. for $800 million in cash.

JBS S.A. explains rationale behind Bertin deal (9/17/2009)

SĂO PAULO, BRAZIL — After several weeks of rumors circulating in the media about an impending JBS S.A. acquisition of Pilgrim’s Pride, JBS announced on Sept. 16 it was set to acquire a majority stake in Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. through its U.S. subsidiary JBS USA Holdings Inc.

Ceva invests $15 mln in poultry vaccine facility (9/29/2009)

Ceva Santé Animale, involved in the animal health industry, is investing $15 mln in a new world-class poultry vaccine production plant for its US subsidiary, Ceva Biomune, Lenexa, Kan.

Turkeys raised in U.S. down 8% from year-ago total (9/29/2009)

WASHINGTON — So far in 2009, turkeys raised in the U.S. total 250 million, down 8% from the number raised during the same time in 2008, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

August 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Chile confirms H1N1 spread from humans to turkeys (8/25/2009)

Chile's health ministry has confirmed the first reports of the H1N1 virus spreading from people to turkeys on two farms, as reported by the Associated Press. The farms are located outside the city of Valparaiso.

Industry News

Economist more optimistic than USDA on chicken cutbacks (free registration required)(8/6/2009)

The U.S. poultry industry has slashed production in response to high corn prices and weak demand. This year, the sector is expected to post its first year-over-year decline in output in more than three decades. In an interview with Meatingplace, Bill Roenigk, economist and senior vice president at the National Chicken Council, gives a frank assessment of what lies ahead.

Production down for US turkeys (8/25/2009)

Turkey production in the U.S. for the first six months of 2009 is down 9.4%, totaling 2.8 billion pounds, compared to the same period in 2008, according to the most recent Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook from USDA's Economic Research Service.

Broiler industry not yet on board for SIP (8/25/2009)

FSIS's Salmonella Initiative Program has encountered resistance from the U.S. broiler industry.

July 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Mexico wins praise for swine flu response (7/6/2009)

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — As swine flu runs rampant in the Southern Hemisphere winter, world health experts are concerned that some hard-hit countries have been reluctant to take forceful measures to protect public health.

Government News

USDA: Aging poultry lab to receive stimulus money (7/6/2009)

Athens' Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory will get a slice of federal stimulus money, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.

USDA forecasts increase in broiler production (7/2/2009)

The latest USDA forecast shows the prices for broiler products are on the rise.

Industry News

U.S. chicken feet are being booted out of China (7/8/2009)

CHICAGO, July 7 (Reuters) - China and the United States are kicking up a trade war over chicken in which Beijing effectively has given the boot to millions of dollars worth of U.S. chicken, about half of which is chicken feet.

Foster Farms officially takes over Farmerville poultry plant (7/20/2009)

Met with a hero’s welcome, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster joined area officials last Saturday in marking a new beginning for the Farmerville poultry processing facility.

Pilgrim's Pride idles chicken processing plants (7/27/2009)

Pilgrim's Pride has announced plans to idle its chicken processing plant in Athens, Ala., and one of its two plants in Athens, Ga., within 60-75 days as part of its continuing effort to improve capacity utilization and reduce costs.

Sanderson proceeds with new poultry complex (7/27/2009)

Sanderson Farms has announced that its Board of Directors has approved plans to proceed with the construction and start-up of the company's Kinston, North Carolina, poultry complex.

Poultry News

New biofuel from chicken meal (7/27/2009)

Researchers at the University of Nevada have published a paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry describing a new process to produce biodiesel from feather meal.

Attractive male chickens release fewer sperm (7/13/2009)

Attractive male chickens release fewer sperm per mating to maximise their chances of producing offspring across a range of females, according to a new paper on the evolution of ejaculation strategies.

Bacteria worse in stressed chickens (7/13/2009)

Food poisoning bacteria become more invasive in animals that are stressed, according to new research from the University of Bristol in collaboration with the UK poultry industry.

US may restrict antibiotics in livestock (7/15/2009)

The Obama administration will seek to ban many routine uses of antibiotics in farm animals with the aim of reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria in humans.

Chicken feathers put to use – hydrogen storage (7/2/2009)

Researchers have discovered that carbonised chicken feathers could provide an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way to store hydrogen fuel for future motor vehicles.

Twitter and PSA 09 Annual Meeting (7/2/2009)

The Poultry Science Association will be posting short meeting updates and announcements, or "tweets", at http://twitter.com/PSA09.

University News

Feather fibers fluff up hydrogen storage capacity (7/7/2009)

Scientists at the University of Delaware say they have developed a new hydrogen storage method -- carbonized chicken feather fibers -- that can hold vast amounts of hydrogen, a promising but difficult to corral fuel source, and do it at a far lower cost than other hydrogen storage systems under consideration

June 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Bird flu can survive 150 days in water (6/10/2009)

New data has allowed a team of University of Georgia researchers to create the first model that takes into account both direct and indirect transmission of the viruses among birds. The model has the potential to shed new light on how outbreaks begin in wild bird populations.

Industry News

Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride get part of stimulus package (6/12/2009)

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service signed four contracts worth $1.8 million with Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride to purchase chickens and eggs for local school lunch programs and food banks, according to CNN.

Tyson sees chicken business improving in 3Q (6/3/2009)

Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, said Tuesday that structural changes and better market conditions are helping its chicken business.

Poultry News

Avian bacterium pathogenic in poultry (6/22/2009)

Until recently, Bordetella hinzii was believed to be nonpathogenic in poultry. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have shown that the bacterium caused severe disease in turkeys that was attributed to another Bordetella species.

May 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

H1N1 “Swine Flu” Not a Food Safety Concern, Government Confirms (5/4/2009)

The U.S. government has stated that the current outbreak of H1N1 "swine flu" in humans is not a food safety concern.

Education News

Grand opening of the National Poultry Museum (5/9/2009)

The National Poultry Museum, an endeavor over 15 years in the making, opens today, May 8, 2009.

Industry News

Broiler companies show profits this year (5/15/2009)

The average U.S. broiler company returned to profitability in January 2009 and profits strengthened in February and March, said Dana Weatherford, vice president, Agri Stats.

Perdigăo Acquires Sadia (5/21/2009)

Bloomberg reports that Perdigăo SA, Brazil's largest food company, agreed to take over rival Sadia SA in a share-swap transaction that will form the world’s biggest poultry processor by market value, overtaking Tyson Foods Inc. of the US.

Pullet inventory sees steep decline (free registration required)(5/28/2009)

The number of broiler-type pullets (young breeder hens) hatched in April fell 13.5 percent from the same month a year earlier, according to USDA reports. That's the biggest decline in that number since May 1992.

Pilgrim's Pride rejects bid for El Dorado plant (5/29/2009)

EL DORADO, Ark. -- Pilgrim's Pride has rejected a bid by a poultry company that wanted to buy Pilgrim's shuttered chicken processing plant in El Dorado, Ark.

Tyson earns environmental awards (5/4/2009)

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) recognised 32 Tyson Foods operations with environmental awards at its annual Conference on Worker Safety, Health, Human Resources and the Environment.

Brazil to bail out poultry industry: report (5/1/2009)

The Brazilian government said it is considering extending a line of credit of up to $1.38 billion to bailout the country's struggling poultry industry, Trade and Industry Minister Miguel Jorge told Reuters.

Other Organizations' News

News from AEB PDF(5/4/2009)

News from the American Egg Board PDF(5/29/2009)

Poultry News

The Chicken Industry Is Committed to Environmental Protection PDF(5/4/2009)

The broiler chicken industry in the United States is firmly committed to the protection of the environment – the air, land, and water. The industry spends millions of dollars per year on all aspects of environmental protection and works closely with the farmers who raise chickens to assist them in proper environmental management.

University News

Poultry Scientist Receives Sigma Xi Imhoff Award (5/4/2009)

Professor Wayne Kuenzel, department of poultry science at the University of Arkansas, was awarded the John Imhoff Outstanding Research Publication Award by the UA Chapter of Sigma Xi.

California closes poultry health lab (5/28/2009)

After an unsuccessful pursuit of a budgetary increase, the decision has been made to close the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory Systems' Fresno facility, effective July 19, according to the CAHFS Web site.

April 2009   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

In Brief: United States approves rapid avian flu test (4/13/2009)

DAKAR, 10 April 2009 (IRIN) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a test that can detect the deadly H5N1 virus in humans through throat or nose swabs in 40 minutes. Current laboratory analyses that detect the avian flu strain can take up to four hours for confirmation.

Egg News

Thinkegg.com has been launched (4/3/2009)

Designed to promote eggs through interesting egg facts and tasty recipes from around the world, ThinkEgg.com, the International Egg Commission's consumer website, is now live.

Industry News

Poults placed for 2009 slaughter down 10% year-to-date (4/19/2009)

Turkey producers have continued to respond to relatively poor returns by placing fewer poults than in the prior year in the month of March. According to USDA data, 9% fewer poults were hatched in March 2009 than were hatched in the same month last year

USDA lowers broiler production estimate (4/19/2009)

USDA Economic Research Service lowered its production estimates for U.S. broiler meat production in 2009 in a report released April 16. The revised forecast expects 35.5 billion pounds to be produced in 2009, down 4% from last year. This estimate was reduced a total of 300 million pounds from the prior forecast

First quarter U.S. poultry slaughter down 7% (4/29/2009)

The total pounds of poultry slaughtered in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2009 were 7% lower than the slaughter volume in the first quarter of 2008, according to USDA data.

Other Organizations' News

GET CRACKING THIS EASTER HOLIDAY (4/3/2009)

American Egg Board Challenges Moms to Hard COOK (not BOIL) Their Eggs

Poultry industry organisations, joint councils (4/24/2009)

US Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council, and National Turkey Federation have formed joint councils on human resources and safety.

Poultry News

Poultry groups challenge EPA CAFO regulation (free registration required)(4/7/2009)

The National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association have filed suit in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to challenge certain aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency's new regulation on water pollution discharges from so-called confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, the groups said in a news release.

University News

Texas A&M poultry judging team repeats as national champions (4/19/2009)

COLLEGE STATION - The Texas A&M University Poultry Judging Team repeated as national champions at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest.

March 2009   (Back to Top)

Government News

'Restructuring' sought for food safety (3/2/2009)

WASHINGTON — Although the Food and Drug Administration bears the brunt of the nation’s food-safety oversight, at least 15 government agencies have a hand in making sure food is safe under at least 30 different laws, some of which date back to the early 1900s. It's a convoluted system, according to The Associated Press.

WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Barack Obama Announces Key FDA Appointments and Tougher Food Safety Measures (3/16/2009)

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama announced the appointments of Dr. Margaret Hamburg as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as the Principal Deputy Commissioner, as well as the creation of a new Food Safety Working Group. This Food Safety Working Group will be chaired by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture and it will coordinate with other agencies and senior officials to advise the President on improving coordination throughout the government, examining and upgrading food safety laws, and enforcing laws that will keep the American people safe.

Industry News

Pilgrim’s Pride closes 3 chicken plant (3/2/2009)

Pilgrim's Pride has announced that it will idle 3 US chicken processing plants and lay off approx. 3,000 workers. The poultry processor, which is currently reorganizing under bankruptcy protection, says these measures will reduce production by as much as 10%.

Schering-Plough and Merck announce merger (3/11/2009)

Merck & Co., Inc. and Schering-Plough Corp have announced a definitive merger agreement under which the companies Merck and Schering-Plough will combine, under the name Merck, in a stock and cash transaction.

Broiler group questions government’s 2009 poultry production forecast (3/16/2009)

THE GOVERNMENT expects poultry production to grow faster this year, even as at least one industry group sees dampened demand amid the economic slowdown.

Pilgrim's Pride sells chicken complex for $80 mln (3/23/2009)

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced that it has agreed to sell its chicken complex in Farmerville, La., to Foster Farms for $80 mln.

Other Organizations' News

WATT announces online community for poultry industry (3/23/2009)

WATT has announced the beta launch of AnimalAgNet.com, an online social networking community for those involved in animal agriculture. The site is created for producers, processors and marketers and others working in any phase of animal agriculture, including poultry.

Poultry News

More than 1 million infected chickens culled in Texas (3/23/2009)

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS Last week, more than 1.4 million chickens were culled in Robertson County after infectious laryngotracheitis (I.L.T.) a rare respiratory infection was detected in some of the birds, according to TheEagle.com. Texas Animal Health Commission officials emphasized I.L.T. isn't dangerous for people, even if they eat meat infected with the disease,

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Government News

US: One food safety agency (2/12/2009)

The functions of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service that regulate meat, poultry and egg safety may be merged with the part of the US Food and Drug Administration that regulates the rest of the food supply.

USDA issues final rule on COOL labeling (2/6/2009)

WASHINGTON -- USDA on Jan. 12 announced details of the final regulation for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program required by the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. The full text of the final rule was published in the Jan. 15, 2009, Federal Register. The rule becomes effective on March 16, 2009, 60 days after the date of publication. Copies of the final rule and additional information are on display online at http://www.ams.usda.gov/COOL.

Industry News

Europe's largest PS hatchery open (2/12/2009)

Aviagen has opened Europe’s largest Parent Stock (PS) hatchery at Hilbersdorf, near Dresden, in Germany.

Tyson to aggressively grow poultry business (2/18/2009)

Tyson's chicken business experienced a tough time in 2008, but signs of improvement are breaking through, says senior group vice president Poultry & Prepared Foods, Donnie Smith.

2008 a record year for US poultry exports (2/24/2009)

Exports of US broiler meat, excluding chicken paws, rose 18% in 2008 from 2007 to a record quantity of 3.2 mln mt.

Other Organizations' News

Scientists See No Advantage to Gas Killing For Chickens Over Conventional Stunning PDF(2/18/2009)

According to scientists, there is no advantage in terms of animal welfare for gas killing systems for poultry compared to the conventional stunning systems used by the United States chicken industry. The industry feels that while gas systems are worthy of further study, there is no proven reason yet to move away from conventional stunning systems

STATEMENT BY THE EGG NUTRITION CENTER AND AMERICAN EGG BOARD ON DIABETES CARE STUDY ON EGG CONSUMPTION PDF(2/6/2009)

Park Ridge, Ill. (February 4, 2009) – A large body of science supports the beneficial role eggs play in a healthful diet. Eggs provide high-quality protein for growth, muscle strength and energy and promote weight management. Key nutrients found in eggs have also been shown to reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects and promote eye health. An article published in the November 2008 issue of Diabetes Care that examined data collected in the Physicians’ Health Study I and the Women’s Health Study found an association between egg intake and increased incidence of type 2 diabetes.i Given the large body of research supporting the health and nutritional benefits of egg consumption, this finding is unexpected. However, in light of the importance of this research and its implications, further research is warranted to replicate the finding and to identify potential physiological mechanisms.

AMERICA’S EGG FARMERS LAUNCH NEW INCREDIBLE EDIBLE EGG™ ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN FOCUSING ON “BODY AND MIND” PDF(2/6/2009)

Park Ridge, Ill. (Feb. 3, 2009) – America’s egg producers are unveiling “Incredible People,” a new integrated advertising campaign in support of the incredible edible egg™. The campaign reminds Americans that the all‐natural, high‐quality protein in the eggs they love provides them with the energy they need for both body and mind.

National Chicken Council and Other Groups Oppose Boost in Ethanol Content of Gasoline (2/6/2009)

The National Chicken Council and other food and agribusiness groups are opposing a drive by the ethanol industry to raise the percentage of ethanol that can legally be added to motor gasoline, a limit now set at 10 percent to protect engine performance and fuel mileage.

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Government News

SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE VILSACK LAYS OUT PRIORITIES, EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR PAYMENT LIMITATIONS RULE (1/26/2009)

WASHINGTON, Monday, January 26, 2009-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced he will extend the comment period for the 2008 Farm Bill Farm Program Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility rulemaking process.

Industry News

Cobb Europe acquires Kabir breeds (1/30/2009)

Kabir International, specialising in coloured chickens for niche markets around the world, has been acquired by Cobb Europe Ltd.

EU restrictions on U.S. poultry challenged through WTO (free registration required)(1/20/2009)

The United States has filed a case with the World Trade Organization regarding the European Union's ban on the import and marketing of U.S. poultry processed with pathogen reduction treatments judged safe by both U.S. and European food safety authorities, the U.S. Trade Representative announced.

USDA issues naturally raised marketing claim standard (free registration required)(1/20/2009)

USDA on Friday issued a voluntary standard for naturally raised livestock and meat marketing claims.

Tyson acquires poultry rendering company (1/23/2009)

Tyson Foods has reportedly completed the acquisition of Central Industries, a poultry by-products rendering company in Forest, Miss., US.

USDA makes bonus purchase of chicken (1/6/2009)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week purchased approximately 60.5 million pounds of chicken products at a cost of about $42 million to assist the broiler industry, which has experienced significant financial losses.

CEO Quits at Meat Giant Tyson (1/6/2009)

Richard L. Bond quit Monday as chief executive officer of Tyson Foods Inc. amid internal tensions over how to navigate the meat industry's worst slump in decades.

Tyson expands in Brazil with processor, grower agreements (free registration required)(1/23/2009)

Tyson Foods' Tyson do Brasil unit has contracted with Brazilian poultry company Globoaves to produce and slaughter chickens, and is setting agreements with 670 new growers with a goal of becoming one of the five main poultry producers in Brazil.

Tyson Brazil boosting chicken exports (1/30/2009)

Tyson Foods' Brazilian unit receives export licenses for all its plants in the country. The processor plans to generate between 60 and 70% of its Brazilian revenues from exports by the end of 2009.

Other Organizations' News

Chicken Wings Are Hot Items As Football Finale Nears (1/23/2009)

Whether you are rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL championship on February 1, chances are you will be within reach of a platter of delectable, golden-brown chicken wings. The National Chicken Council estimates that more than one billion wing portions will be served during the last football weekend.

Midwest Poultry Federation Convention slated for March 17-19 (free registration required)(1/30/2009)

The 38th annual Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, which is billed as the largest regional poultry convention in the United States, is scheduled for March 17-19 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., the Midwest Poultry Federation announced.

IPE 2009 (1/30/2009)

Poultry News

Top 10 poultry stories chronicle wild 2008 (1/8/2009)

The poultry industry’s No. 1 news story in 2008 was the bankruptcy of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, the world’s largest poultry company.

Europe: welfare rules for meat chickens (1/30/2009)

Plans to implement Europe’s first comprehensive welfare rules on chickens raised for meat have been released for consultation by UK Farming Minister Jane Kennedy.

University News

UK researchers turn turkey feathers into gift wrap (1/6/2009)

Researchers at the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester School of Materials have created a way to turn turkey feathers into wrapping paper and other products such as egg boxes and fire-retardant plant pots.

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Government News

FDA retracts ban on poultry antibiotic (12/10/2008)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue to allow the widespread use of a class of powerful antibiotics in food-producing animals, including chickens and other poultry.

Vilsack named to lead U.S.D.A. (12/18/2008)

CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama held a press conference today to nominate former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.

Industry News

The fall of Pilgrim’s Pride: Special news feature (12/19/2008)

Highly leveraged after the Gold Kist acquisition, the company needed a run of favorable markets and shrewd decisions. Both ran out.

Tyson Foods Signs New Lender Agreement (12/19/2008)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat company, said Wednesday it has signed a new agreement with its creditors that puts up just about the entire company as collateral for its loans.

Broiler chick placements, egg sets decline (free registration required)(12/29/2008)

Broiler growers in the 19-State weekly program placed 168 million chicks for meat production during the week ending Dec. 20, 2008, according to USDA statistics.

Gold'n Plump debuts chickens with farm-of-origin label (12/2/2008)

Ever wonder where your chicken came from? Gold’n Plump Poultry is now selling chickens that provide answers.

Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy (12/2/2008)

PITTSBURG, TEXAS — Facing financial challenges, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., one of the nation’s leading chicken processors, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Tyson cutting chicken production: analyst (free registration required)(12/29/2008)

In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam.

U.S. poultry industry 'in a contraction phase': L.M.I.C. (12/29/2008)

WASHINGTON Higher feed costs, an over supply of broiler meat as well as economic slowdowns in the domestic and foreign markets have pressured poultry prices and left the industry struggling to maintain any type of profitability. As a result, the U.S. poultry industry is clearly in a contraction phase at this point in time, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center.

Chicken sales increase over 2008 (12/8/2008)

Chicken sales increased 6.7% in 2008, according to "The Fresh Meat Market in the U.S.: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey and Lamb in Retail and Foodservice", from Packaged Facts.

Other Organizations' News

News From the American Egg Board PDF(12/5/2008)

Poultry industry and USDA urge farm registration (free registration required)(12/29/2008)

The National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council and United Egg Producers are urging farmers to register their premises with the National Animal Identification System to help protect their flocks in the event of an outbreak of disease.

Poultry News

Oklahoma appeals decision on poultry littering (12/19/2008)

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma’s attorney general has hardly given up on the state’s pollution case targeting 13 Arkansas-based poultry companies. In a case droning on for years, the state alleges the companies are polluting the Illinois River watershed with bird waste. The state's 61-page appeal of an earlier judge's ruling was filed late in the day on Dec. 15 with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, according to The Associated Press.

Poultry Groups Welcome EPA Final Rule On Air Release Reporting (12/19/2008)

The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association issued a joint statement welcoming today’s announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granting an exemption for poultry farms from having to report naturally occurring air releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide as an "emergency release" under the CERCLA and EPCRA emergency reporting framework. The exemption affects a majority of the family farmers engaged in poultry live production that operate in the United States.

Poultry consumption lowest in 7 years (12/12/2008)

The supply of poultry and red meat was sufficient throughout most of 2008, however, per capita is reportedly the lowest in 7 years, says the Livestock Marketing Information Centre.

Transporting Broiler Chickens Could Spread Antibiotic-resistant Organisms (12/5/2008)

ScienceDaily (Nov. 25, 2008) — Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found evidence of a novel pathway for potential human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria from intensively raised poultry — driving behind the trucks transporting broiler chickens from farm to slaughterhouse.

National Chicken Council Criticizes Study Based on Tailgating Chicken Trucks (12/5/2008)

The National Chicken Council has criticized a study of bacteria allegedly flying off chicken trucks as unfocused, unrealistic, and rather unsafe.

Europe keeps US poultry off the Xmas menu over chlorine use (12/29/2008)

BRUSSELS (AFP) — European Union farm ministers rejected Thursday attempts to lift a ban on US poultry which is washed in chlorine, ensuring that American turkeys will not grace Europe's Christmas dinner tables.

7 poultry trade issues for the Obama administration (12/29/2008)

Here are the top seven trade policy recommendations that U.S. poultry and egg exporters have for the Obama administration. – by Gary Thornton

University News

Texas A&M Poultry Judging Team wins fifth national championship (12/5/2008)

COLLEGE STATION—The Texas A&M University Poultry Judging Team won its fifth national championship in the National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest.

Nicholas Sallas Named First Recipient of Thaxton Animal Welfare Assistantship; Dr. Wayne Kuenzel Named to KFC Animal Welfare Advisory Council (12/2/2008)

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec 01, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nicholas Joseph Sallas of Columbiana, Ala., has been named the first recipient of the J. Paul Thaxton Graduate Assistantship for the study of Animal Welfare. The assistantship at Mississippi State University's Poultry Science Department is funded by KFC and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

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Government News

USDA-NASS Poultry Slaughter PDF(11/29/2008)

Released November 28, 2008, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA-NASS Egg Products PDF(11/29/2008)

Released November 28, 2008, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA-ERS Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook: Tables (11/29/2008)

November outlooks

Industry News

Turkey meat gaining popularity year-round (11/29/2008)

Turkey meat and cuts are proving to be popular consumer products year-round in the US, according to the National Turkey Federation’s 2008 Marketplace Survey.

Poultry prices (11/29/2008)

ATLANTA -- The Georgia f.o.b. dock-quoted price on broilers and fryers for this week's trading is 86.75 cents based on full truck load lots of ice pack USDA grade "A" sized 2 to 3 pound birds.

EPA finalizes CAFO rule for manure‚ wastewater (11/3/2008)

October 31, 2008—The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule requiring concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to safely manage manure and wastewater.

Prospects for Expanding Egg Consumption (11/29/2008)

While total egg consumption and the uptake of eggs/person will continue to grow long term virtually everywhere, in developing countries the gains will be via purchases of shell eggs. In contrast, the rise for many developed economies will reflect an increase in eggs eaten in egg products,which in some instances will be at the expense of the uptake in shell. Indeed, as can be seen by reference to the table, in the USA, the proportion of eggs broken for further processing and consumed in product forms now exceeds 30% of total production, and some industry observers consider that this figure will rise to 50% by 2020

Poultry News

Birds of a Feather: Commercial Producers Play Chicken with Avian Flu (11/5/2008)

In the late 1980s thousands of chickens died from a cancer caused by a virus known as avian leukosis virus J because they were all descended from a few roosters susceptible to the disease.

Poultry industry must remain focused (11/14/2008)

November 11, 2008—The poultry industry must remain disciplined and focused in the face of the current economic turmoil, says Richard Greubel, international president of Tyson Foods.

University News

Poultry science expert honored for contributions to field (11/3/2008)

Daniel Fletcher, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science, has been inducted into the International Poultry Hall of Fame.

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Avian Influenza News

Double Flu Jab Needed Against Bird Flu Pandemic (10/9/2008)

ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2008) — An international study led by University of Leicester researchers has determined that vaccination will be the best way to protect people in the event of the next influenza pandemic – but that each person would need two doses.

World ill-prepared for next flu pandemic: UN (10/22/2008)

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Despite widespread awareness of the risks of the next flu pandemic, the world needs to drastically improve cooperation in preparing for what would be a major global crisis, a UN report said Tuesday.

Government News

World broiler production to increase 3.5% in 2009‚ predicts FAS (10/25/2008)

October 21, 2008—Broiler production in major countries is estimated to total 74,237,000 metric tons in 2009, 3.5% more than the 71,733,000 tons expected this year, according to data from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Broiler meat production will fall in the US (10/31/2008)

USDA projections show the first industry drop in 33 years, partly due to feed costs.

Industry News

Food prices get no help from cheaper grains, oil (10/22/2008)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. food prices are still headed for their largest increase in two decades this year despite the recent slide in oil and grain markets, the Agriculture Department said on Tuesday.

Petaluma Poultry plans to cut emissions by 20% (10/23/2008)

October 21, 2008—Petaluma Poultry, one of the largest U.S. organic and free-range broiler producers, takes sustainability seriously. “Our target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% over the next five years,” says vice president Dave Martinelli. This spring, Petaluma Poultry, headquartered about an hour north of San Francisco, began the process of setting a baseline for greenhouse gas emissions and joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders Program.

Poultry industry hopes for better times ahead (10/13/2008)

SALISBURY -- After going through what some experts call the worst market in decades, poultry companies are hopeful their industry will rebound after a year of skyrocketing production costs and dwindling profits.

Other Organizations' News

New Members Elected to National Chicken Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors (10/3/2008)

Newly elected members of the National Chicken Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors were announced at the trade association’s Annual Conference here today.

Roberts is Chairman of National Chicken Council; Hensley Named Vice Chairman; Leonard Becomes Secretary-Treasurer (10/3/2008)

Michael Roberts, president of the Food Products Business of Perdue Farms, Inc., Salisbury, Maryland, was installed today as Chairman of the National Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry. Thomas Hensley, Jr., president of Fieldale Farms, Baldwin, Georgia, took office as Vice Chairman, and Bernard Leonard, group vice president/Food Service, Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Arkansas, became Secretary-Treasurer.

Poultry Veterinarian Documents the Benefits Of Antibiotic Use in Animals (10/1/2008)

Improvements in animal health management, including the judicious use of antibiotics, have led to healthier broiler flocks producing more meat for the consuming public, according to Dr. Spangler Klopp, testifying for the National Chicken Council at a congressional hearing.

News from AEB PDF(10/1/2008)

Poultry News

$10 mln DNA technology selection project in poultry breeding (10/1/2008)

The USDA has partnered with Hendrix Genetics and Cobb-Vantress on a US$10 mln DNA technology selection project in poultry breeding.

Chicken droppings cheap fertilizer for U.S. wheat (10/3/2008)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - For Kansas farmer Jeff Fowler, planting and fertilizing a new wheat crop this fall is a fowl job. Literally.

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Avian Influenza News

Watch out for the other bird flu (9/19/2008)

WHATEVER happened to bird flu? The H5N1 virus has been storming across Eurasia and Africa since 2004, destroying birds and killing 245 people, according to official figures. But while it has faded from the headlines, governments and scientists are as concerned as ever about the dangers it poses.

The Effects of Avian Influenza News on Consumer Purchasing Behavior: A Case Study of Italian Consumers’ Retail Purchase (9/1/2008)

To better understand how information about potential health hazards influences food demand, this case study examines consumers’ responses to newspaper articles on avian influenza, informally referred to as bird flu.

Feed News

US Feed Outlook (9/19/2008)

A fall in US feed grain production this month largely caused by dry weather has only partially been offset by increases in foreign production, according to the US Feed Outlook by the Economic Research Service of the USDA.

Government News

Secretary Schafer Welcomes Beth Johnson, Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety (9/26/2008)

Washington, D.C. September 25, 2008 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer welcomes the President's intention to designate Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson as Acting Under Secretary of Food Safety.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride warns of 'significant loss' in Q4 (9/26/2008)

PITTSBURG, TEXAS — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the world’s largest chicken processor, warned shareholders and the investment community early Thursday morning it will face a "significant loss" in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 27. The company attributed the pending loss to high feed-ingredient costs, continued weak pricing and demand for chicken breast meat, and "the significant negative impact of hedged grain positions during the quarter." Adding pressure to the company’s financial position is more than $1 billion in debt it took on with the acquisition of Gold Kist, Inc. in January 2007.

Russia to Ban Imports of Some U.S. Poultry (9/1/2008)

MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia, the biggest market for American poultry exporters, will ban imports from 19 producers in the United States and warned on Friday that an additional 29 suppliers face a possible ban on health and safety grounds.

Tyson Foods offers common stock, convertible notes (9/5/2008)

SPRINGDALE, ARK. -- Tyson Foods Inc. intends to offer 20 million shares of its Class A common stock in a registered underwritten public offering. The company intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 3-million shares of its Class A common stock to cover over-allotments, if any.

Sanderson Farms named POULTRY magazine’s 2008 Industry Innovator Award winner (free registration required)(9/9/2008)

POULTRY magazine has chosen Sanderson Farms as its 2008 Industry Innovator Award winner for the company's demonstrated excellence in the U.S. poultry industry in the areas of business success, philanthropy and leadership.

Consumer confidence rebounds despite economic uncertainties (9/12/2008)

NEW YORK – Despite concerns about rising costs and a sputtering economy, among other things, it appears consumer confidence may be improving, according to recent results of the RBC CASH (Consumer Attitudes and Spending by Household) Index, which advanced for the second consecutive month.

Tyson enters Brazilian poultry industry with 3 transactions (9/19/2008)

Tyson Foods is continuing the strategic expansion of its international business by investing in the Brazilian poultry industry, the company has announced.

Poultry News

1,000 poultry sheds sold every week as urban families take to The Coop Life (9/1/2008)

Thousands of city dwellers are rearing chickens at home - thanks to celebrity chefs who have highlighted the plight of battery-farmed hens and championed locally grown food.

Poultry vaccines could improve human health (9/3/2008)

WASHINGTON -- Garnering annual profits of $50 billion, the United States is the leader in the global poultry industry. But scientists are concerned about Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli, which caused an estimated $80 million in losses in 2002. A.P.E.C. has the potential to be as harmful as E. coli O157:H7, the strain responsible for human illness and death after consumption of contaminated meat.

UK breeders to sell slow-growing birds (9/22/2008)

Slower growing breeds of chickens are being introduced by the British poultry industry following consumers' demands for more welfare-friendly farming.

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Avian Influenza News

Researchers fear other bird flu virus may cause pandemic (8/14/2008)

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US scientists Wednesday raised fears that a different strain of the bird flu virus could mutate to become more easily transmissible among humans and trigger a pandemic.

Government News

USDA Rural Development to Hold Public Meeting on Farm Bill Renewable Energy Provisions (8/26/2008)

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2008 - Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr today announced that a public meeting will be held on Sept. 4, 2008-in conjunction with USDA's Farm Service Agency and Forest Service-on how to implement renewable energy programs authorized under the recently enacted farm bill.

USDA Crop Production data (8/13/2008)

Corn production down 6 percent from 2007. Soybean production up 15 percent from last year. All wheat production virtually unchanged from July forecast.

Industry News

Second half of 2008 still looks profitable (8/8/2008)

Virtually everyone in the egg business looked for 2008 to be a good one, and it still will end up being so, although adding up the year, profits won't be quite as rosy as they looked just months ago. The reason why: sky-high feed costs. Even so, egg production will end up being profitable in every month the second half of the year, or nearly so. The Urner Barry Midwest price quote for May looked likely to average $1.10, near break even, "and prices will likely move up 10 cents to 20 cents from there to November-December," says Bob Pike, vice president and general manager for Braswell Foods, Nashville, N.C.

Moody's gives negative outlook for food industry (8/12/2008)

NEW YORK — Moody’s Investors Service has rated the outlook for the U.S. food industry as "negative." The projection was made with the expectation commodity prices in 2009 will further surpass historical averages resulting in pressure on profit margins and putting cash flow at risk for most companies

Other Organizations' News

Chicken Industry “Deeply Disappointed” by EPA Inaction On Ethanol Waiver, Urges Congress To Reform Program (8/8/2008)

The chicken industry is "deeply disappointed" by the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to grant a waiver of the ethanol mandate that is diverting billions of bushels of corn from livestock and poultry feed into motor fuel, according to the National Chicken Council.

News from AEB PDF(8/8/2008)

KFC is National Chicken Council’s First Partner in New Showcase of Chicken (8/1/2008)

The National Chicken Council (NCC) announced today that KFC is the first company to partner with NCC in the Council's newly-launched Showcase of Chicken. The showcase, on a quarterly basis, will recognize outstanding foodservice companies by featuring these partners on eatchicken.com, the consumer-oriented Web site maintained by NCC. Highlighted on a special section on eatchicken.com are KFC recipes, KFC's newest menu items, and insights into how company chefs at KFC dream up new ideas to meet consumer demand.

Poultry News

Grain prices down, poultry processor stocks up (8/7/2008)

Traders have reacted positively to the prospect of lower feed prices as a result of falling prices of grains and soybeans

First Biogas Plant Using 70 Percent Chicken Manure as Feedstock Inaugurated PDF(8/27/2008)

The supposedly world's first biogas/biomethane plant that runs on 70 percent chicken manure as a feedstock was officially inaugurated in Baasdorf (Eastern Germany) in August 2008. Compared to a standard biogas plant that runs predominantly on corn silage, the Baasdorf plant needs a lot less acreage for the production of feedstock while simultaneously providing an environmentally friendly way of disposing chicken manure. If economically viable, biogas plants of these kinds could stir biogas production out of the line of fire in the food versus fuel debate.

University News

POULTRY: UD gets grant for avian flu research (8/4/2008)

DOVER - Researchers at the University of Delaware and 17 other institutions received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue research and outreach programs related to avian flu

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Feed News

Poultry groups lament rising feed costs (7/17/2008)

HINTON, Va. - Virginia's poultry industry complains that too much of the nation's corn crop is being diverted to biofuel.

Government News

FDA issues order prohibiting antimicrobial drug in poultry (7/7/2008)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a final rule that prohibits the extralabel use of cephalosporin antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, including chickens, turkeys, cattle and swine.

Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook (7/24/2008)

This monthly report, presented in a newsletter format, provides current intelligence and forecasts the effects of changing conditions in the U.S. livestock, dairy, and poultry sectors. Topics include current production, consumption, trade, prices received, and more. Periodically, special reports on specific commodity issues also are released in this series.

The Economic Organization of U.S. Broiler Production (7/6/2008)

Broiler production in the United States is coordinated almost entirely through systems of production contracts, in which a grower’s compensation is based, in part, on how the grower’s performance compares with that of other growers. The industry is undergoing a gradual structural change as production shifts to larger broiler enterprises that provide larger shares of an operator’s household income.

Industry News

Abu Dhabi home to new poultry and meat processing plant (7/7/2008)

One of the largest meat and seafood processing factories in the Middle East is being constructed in Abu Dhabi, with an investment of Dh300 mln (€51 mln).

Turkeys, eggs destroyed in fire at poultry farm (7/6/2008)

ORGAN CAVE, W.Va. (AP) — A large number of turkeys and eggs were destroyed in a fire at one of the world’s largest poultry breeding farms.

New chicken plant being built in Lebanon, Ky. (7/6/2008)

LEBANON, KY. ― Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced on July 1 that Rancho Poultry, a joint venture between Keystone Foods of Pennsylvania and Lopez Foods in Oklahoma ― two McDonald�s suppliers ― plans to build a $43 million, 100,000 square-foot chicken-processing plant in Lebanon, Ky.

Tyson’s poultry expands in India (7/11/2008)

Tyson Foods Inc. will immediately start expanding its poultry operations in India, the world’s second-most populous nation, after buying a controlling stake in a chicken processor there, the company said Monday.

Foster Farms pulls plug on new Colorado plant (7/14/2008)

LIVINGSTON, CALIF. – Citing the state’s "higher-than-anticipated cost structure" and the impact of rising feed and fuel costs, executives with Foster Farms announced this past week it would not pursue plans to build a processing plant in northeastern Colorado.

Tyson to buy 60 percent of Chinese poultry producer (free registration required)(7/17/2008)

Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a preliminary agreement to buy 60 percent of Xinchang Group, the fifth largest poultry producer in China.

Tyson fuel plant approved (free registration required)(7/17/2008)

Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corp. have approved plans to build and fund Dynamic Fuels' first renewable synthetic fuels facility in Geismar, La., clearing the way for construction to begin.

Sanderson Farms to delay poultry plant construction (7/6/2008)

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Sanderson Farms Inc. said Thursday it will not start construction on a planned $126.5 million poultry factory because higher costs have strained its budget.

Other Organizations' News

XIII WPC Report: New Role for Poultry Outlined (7/6/2008)

AUSTRALIA - Top scientists from across the globe gathered in Brisbane yesterday to discuss the current threat to food security and how the poultry industry can help alleviate these strains, writes Jackie Linden, Poultrysite Editor.

AVMA questions antibiotic ban in animals (7/7/2008)

Scientific data does not support a ban on the preventative use of antibiotics in food animals, according to The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Poultry News

Brazil to be world’s second-largest chicken producer (7/19/2008)

At the end of 2008, it is expected thatBrazil will overtake China in terms of chicken production, becoming the world's second-largest producer behind the US.

Geneticists Shake the Avian Family Tree (7/6/2008)

An extensive study of bird genetics has revealed so many surprises about avian evolution that researchers say textbooks and field guides will have to be rewritten. After comparing the genetic codes of 169 species researchers realized that many assumptions about bird evolution are wrong; for example, they found that falcons are not closely related to hawks and eagles, and that flamingos didn’t evolve from other waterbirds.

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Avian Influenza News

CDC Finds Some Bird Flu Strains have Acquired Properties that Might Enhance Potential to Infect Humans (6/11/2008)

ATLANTA, Ga.-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results of a study suggesting that some North American avian influenza A H7 virus strains have properties that might enhance their potential to infect humans as well as their potential to spread from human to human.

Scientists Develop Experimental Vaccine for Avian Flu (6/12/2008)

Scientists are reporting in this week's New England Journal of Medicine that they have made an experimental vaccine against pandemic avian flu that is not only potent, but one that can be stockpiled quickly. The drug is created using the cells of monkeys instead of chicken eggs. VOA's Jessica Berman explains.

Feed News

USDA Analysis Understates Impact of Ethanol Boom On Food Prices, Economist Says (6/13/2008)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer is leaning on a weak reed in claiming that the ethanol boom is responsible for only a tiny fraction of the dramatic increase in world food prices, according to an independent agricultural economist.

NCC Helps Launch Campaign To Reform Food-To-Fuel Policies (6/13/2008)

Today, the Food Before Fuel Campaign – a partnership of more than 20 environmental, retail, hunger, Hispanic and food industry groups – launched a cooperative effort urging Congress to revisit the nation's food-to-fuel policies, a key factor in the growing global food crisis.

The high cost of flooded corn to soak consumers Corn syrup, livestock feed prices up as well (6/20/2008)

Forget about the misery rising crude oil prices is causing. Surging corn prices are beginning to spread their own ripples through the economy - and prices could go higher because the recent floods have been the worst in the Mid-western farmlands since 1993.

Industry News

S&P may downgrade Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride debt (free registration required)(6/23/2008)

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it has placed its 'BB-' corporate credit ratings on Dean Foods Co. and Pilgrim's Pride Corp., and its 'BBB-' corporate credit rating on Tyson Foods Inc. on CreditWatch with negative implications.

Wayne Farms cutting poultry production (free registration required)(6/24/2008)

Continually rising input costs have forced poultry processor Wayne Farms LLC to cut production by 6 percent. This follows an additional 2 percent cut in April for the Oakwood, Ga.-based processor.

Tyson removes 'raised without antibiotics' label (6/4/2008)

Tyson Foods announces that it will stop labelling its chicken with "raised without antibiotics" labels following "uncertainty and controversy over product labelling regulations and advertising claims".

Other Organizations' News

USPOULTRY redesigns Web site (free registration required)(6/11/2008)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has launched a new Web site, the association announced.

Nominate POULTRY's Industry Innovator (free registration required)(6/2/2008)

Each year, POULTRY magazine recognizes an "Industry Innovator" — a poultry processor whose products, processes or overall approach to marketing or management have improved not only its own bottom line, but raised the standard of excellence for the entire poultry industry.

May 2008   (Back to Top)

Feed News

U.S.D.A. examines food prices, biofuels not to blame (5/20/2008)

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 20 released an economic analysis showing higher energy prices, increased worldwide demand and the weather are the primary factors contributing to higher food prices, not biofuels.

Corn Prices Rise, Pitting Chickens Against Ethanol (5/15/2008)

Taking corn from the mouths of chickens to put into the gas tanks of U.S. cars and trucks is causing feathers to fly in Washington.

Government News

A.P.H.I.S. issues final rule on E.N.D. quarantine regs (5/27/2008)

WASHINGTON ― A final rule that changes the Exotic Newcastle disease (END) domestic quarantine regulations was issued on May 23 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride CEO looks to industry to continue production cutbacks (free registration required)(5/16/2008)

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. President and CEO Clint Rivers hopes to see the chicken industry continue to cut production to help the industry return to profitability.

Poultry breeding companies join forces on genomics program (5/9/2008)

Aviagen, Hy-Line International and Lohmann Tierzucht have committed to a combined initiative to evaluate and implement a new genetic technology—Genome Wide Selection—in their respective breeding programs

Court Orders Tyson to Pluck its 'No Antibiotics' Campaign (5/5/2008)

Egged on by competitors, a federal appeals court has given Tyson Foods 14 days to remove advertising that claims its chickens are safer to eat because they are "raised without antibiotics."

Chicken prices to rise in the US (5/9/2008)

Food inflation is expected in the US as prices of chicken and pork will go up over the next couple of months, Associated Press reports.

Other Organizations' News

U.S. Poultry Industry Urges Transatlantic Economic Council To Promptly Resolve U.S. Poultry Trade Issues With the EU (5/9/2008)

Failure to resolve the U.S. poultry trade issue at the mid-May 2008 Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) meeting will once again demonstrate that the European Union is seeking a scientific impossibility; that is, demanding conclusive evidence that there is an absolute-zero risk to food safety and the environment with respect to U.S. poultry. No scientific study on any issue has ever been able to prove an absolute-zero risk.

Poultry News

EU will probably lift U.S. poultry ban - Verheugen (5/7/2008)

LJUBLJANA, May 6 (Reuters) - The European Union will probably lift its 11-year-old ban on imports of U.S. poultry, Enterprise and Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said on Tuesday.

EU executive to propose lifting ban on US poultry (5/15/2008)

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will seek to lift a ban on imports of U.S. poultry by October, officials said on Tuesday, trying to end a decade-long dispute that has been an irritant for transatlantic trade ties.

April 2008   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Examining the avian flu: From pandemic planning to vaccine development (4/14/2008)

The journal Respirology has launched a special supplementary issue on the avian influenza. Published by Wiley-Blackwell, the collection of papers present an inclusive insight into the threat of the avian influenza pandemic by addressing a wide range of topics including the basic biology of the virus, updates on laboratory diagnosis and influenza anti-viral, treatment options, and pandemic planning.

Scientists find 'likely' human-human H5N1 spread (4/14/2008)

[BEIJING] A new study by Chinese scientists suggests a highly possible human-to-human transmission of H5N1 bird flu virus.

Government News

FSIS embraces podcasting (free registration required)(4/25/2008)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has a new way to reach out: It has launched a series of educational podcasts designed to address food safety and education issues.

Industry News

The price of poultry in 10 years (4/29/2008)

Recent headlines worldwide have highlighted the global food crisis and how people are struggling more and more to pay for basic food products. The poultry industry has been hit hard.

Court bars Tyson from using RWA phrasing (free registration required)(4/23/2008)

Tyson has lost Round One in its battle to advertise its chicken as "raised without antibiotics" or "raised without antibiotics that impact antibiotic resistance in humans."

Pilgrim's Pride cutting production (free registration required)(4/14/2008)

In its latest move to combat record feed costs, Pilgrim's Pride Corp., the nation's largest chicken processor, on Monday announced that it will reduce weekly chicken processing by about 5 percent.

US poultry processors cut production (4/14/2008)

Due to rising feed costs and weak domestic market, Simmons Foods poultry processor will cut chicken production by 6% as of this month.

Antibiotic-free marketing case goes forward (4/14/2008)

BALTIMORE, MD. — A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a case against Tyson Foods Inc. regarding advertising claims about antibiotics in its chicken products. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett also said he will decide in seven days on a motion for a preliminary injunction sought by competing poultry producers Perdue Foods Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. to stop the advertisements.

Cagle's cuts poultry production (4/14/2008)

Eat more chicken -- and plenty of it. That's what Cagle's Inc., an Atlanta-based chicken processor, is hoping hungry consumers will do, so the company can get its expenses in line and improve financially.

Other Organizations' News

News From the American Egg Board (4/25/2008)

Poultry News

5 Farms Named Nation’s Best Stewards (4/25/2008)

Conservation of resources and preservation of the land have always been the hallmarks of a good farmer. Five of the USA's best poultry growers were recognized recently for their outstanding environmental stewardship by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Each of these growers has combined raising poultry with other farming enterprises in ways that conserve resources and protect and improve their land.

Chillin’ Chickens-- Which Method Works Best? (4/14/2008)

Chicken processing is big business with almost 9 billion broiler chickens being produced in the United States last year. Processing birds efficiently and economically is the name of the game. And researching ways to convert poultry into food that is safe for human consumption is what Agricultural Research Service food scientists strive to achieve.

The brown adipocyte differentiation pathway in birds: an evolutionary road not taken (4/22/2008)

Thermogenic brown adipose tissue has never been described in birds and other non-mammalian vertebrates. Brown adipocytes in mammals are distinguished from the more common white fat adipocytes by having numerous small lipid droplets rather than a single large one, elevated numbers of mitochondria, and mitochondrial expression of the nuclear gene UCP1, the uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation responsible for non-shivering thermogenesis.

March 2008   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Chip launched to detect bird flu (3/26/2008)

A portable chip to detect influenza viruses, including bird flu in humans, has been developed by Europe 's top semiconductor maker, STMicroelectronics.

Chickens not behind H5N1 outbreaks in Asia (3/26/2008)

ROME ― Ducks, people and rice paddies ― not chickens ― are the factors leading to outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam, and are probably behind outbreak persistence in other countries of the region such as Cambodia and Lao PDR.

Scientists discover new key to flu transmission (3/12/2008)

CHICAGO - Flu viruses must be able to pick a very specific type of lock before entering human respiratory cells, U.S. researchers said on Sunday, offering a new understanding of how flu viruses work.

Government News

USDA to focus on poultry handling (3/4/2008)

The USDA will implement a series of interim actions to verify and analyse humane handling activities in all federally inspected establishments, and will focus efforts on plants that handle animals most prone to stress.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride names new COO, restructures management (free registration required)(3/26/2008)

Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. on Wednesday named Robert A. Wright chief operating officer.

Pilgrim's Pride exits turkey business (free registration required)(3/12/2008)

Pittsburg, Texas-based chicken company Pilgrim's Pride Corp. on Monday announced the sale of its turkey production facility and distribution center in New Oxford, Pa., to New Oxford Foods LLC, a subsidiary of Hain Pure Protein Corp., Melville, N.Y.

Other Organizations' News

Intensive Poultry Production is Better for Global Warming (3/28/2008)

In contrast to the assertions of some environmentalists, British scientists have proven that intensive, indoor poultry production has a much smaller impact on global warming than organic or free-range production. Additionally, poultry production proves to be more environmentally efficient than any other source of meat production. See the article from "World Poultry" magazine.

News from AEB (3/28/2008)

Poultry News

Extension granted in poultry watershed case (free registration required)(3/30/2008)

A federal magistrate has given Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office a 45-day extension to submit expert reports in its lawsuit, which alleges that poultry companies are contaminating the Illinois River watershed, the Associated Press reported.

Darwin Was Wrong About the Wild Origin of the Chicken (3/31/2008)

Charles Darwin maintained that the domesticated chicken derives from the red jungle fowl, but new research from Uppsala University now shows that the wild origins of the chicken are more complicated than that.

Rare chicken egg to be sold on eBay (3/12/2008)

It has always been said that a chicken egg was nature's most perfect food. However, the most unusual, rare egg has recently been discovered. So rare that it will soon be up for sale on eBay!

Americans grilling poultry meat to become healthier (3/26/2008)

Americans are among other nations that are adopting a healthier way of eating. As such, a study has recently shown that grilling meat products is becoming popular.

Air chilling poultry carcasses, the new trend (3/18/2008)

It has been reported that air-chilling is a new label to look out for when purchasing chicken meat. According to some producers, this method has many advantages!

PSA says Bush budget would close two labs, damage poultry research (free registration required)(3/24/2008)

President George W. Bush's proposed fiscal year 2009 federal budget would eliminate two U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratories that play a vital role in poultry and biomedical research and provide invaluable services to poultry and related industries, according to the Poultry Science Association.

Flies and Salmonella: dangerous duo in poultry houses (3/24/2008)

Flies may be more than a mere nuisance in poultry houses. They may also spread food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonella enteritidis to chickens and their eggs, the USDA ARS reports.

University News

PSU Poultry Science Club Wins National Award (3/24/2008)

UNIVERSITY PARK -- For the third consecutive year, Penn State's Poultry Science Club was named national Club of the Year at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association's 2008 International Poultry Exposition, held recently in Atlanta, Ga.

Texas A&M names new poultry science department head (free registration required)(3/7/2008)

Texas A&M University has appointed Dr. John Carey head of the College Station, Texas-based university's poultry science department.

February 2008   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

CAST releases two new publications on AI vaccination (2/18/2008)

CAST has released new publications, a Special Publication and a Commentary focusing on H5N1 High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza that discuss the science and the art of controling AI

New vaccine against H5N1 bird flu (2/6/2008)

A vaccine against the H5N1 bird flu virus has been tested by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research. The vaccine has shown promising results.

Government News

USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems (2/7/2008)

Feb 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is preparing to begin publishing the names of poultry and meat plants that have trouble controlling Salmonella, as the agency extends a set of policy changes designed to reduce the prevalence of the pathogen in meat.

Genetic Fix for Sick Chicks (2/4/2008)

Genetic research is for the birds—and it's a good thing, too, as scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using their knowledge of avian genetics to improve the health of U.S. poultry. Genetic information is leading to better vaccines and breeding techniques to protect poultry against health threats such as exotic Newcastle, avian influenza, Marek's disease, coccidiosis, and mycoplasmosis.

USDA budget proposes new fees for processing plants (free registration required)(2/6/2008)

The Agriculture Department plans to ask lawmakers to approve $96 million in new fees charged to federally inspected meat and poultry processing plants, the agency said in 2009 budget documents

Industry News

Aviagen’s Ross EPI now largest single stage PS hatchery (2/15/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008, Netherlands - To accommodate its plans for further expansion, Parent Stock hatchery Ross EPI, part of the Aviagen Group, has completed a comprehensive refurbishment of its Dutch hatchery operations, working with single stage hatchery specialists Pas Reform. Situated in Roermond, Ross EPI’s Dutch hatchery has been refurbished with the latest in single stage equipment and technologies. The new installation includes a full single stage Smart incubation system, comprising SmartSet™ setters and SmartHatch™ hatchers, combined with a SmartDrive™ incubator control system, to accommodate the management of individual conditions per egg type and SmartCenter™, Pas Reform’s powerful hatchery management information system.

Tyson to buy Brazilian poultry operations (2/15/2008)

In March, Tyson Foods Inc. will be finalising 100% acquisition of the privately held Pena Branca's poultry operations, confirmed the Brazilian chicken company's director.

U.S. poultry exports set record in '07 (free registration required)(2/22/2008)

Exports of U.S. poultry, eggs and related products surpassed $4 billion for the first time in 2007, according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

Other Organizations' News

News from AEB PDF(2/1/2008)

News from AEB PDF(2/29/2008)

USPOULTRY honors poultry scientist (free registration required)(2/6/2008)

Wallace Morgan was recently awarded the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association's Lamplighter Award.

Chicken Industry Emphasizes Worker Safety (2/15/2008)

The chicken industry is playing a responsible leadership role in improving worker safety in its workplaces and reducing the incidence of injuries and health problems such as conditions associated with repetitive motion.

Poultry News

Avian Origins: New Analysis Confirms Ancient Beginnings (2/6/2008)

ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2008) — Did modern birds originate around the time of the dinosaurs' demise, or have they been around far longer?

Poultry industry has global opportunities (2/4/2008)

ATLANTA — Trends indicate continuing growth in demand worldwide for poultry products, yet the U.S. industry also faces strong challenges domestically related to the cost of feed, environmental issues, and consumer demands, according to a research analyst who specializes in agribusiness.

Salmonella notice comment period set to close despite industry protests (free registration required)(2/27/2008)

The comment period for USDA's proposed salmonella initiative is set to close today, despite extension requests from industry members and trade associations.

Mining Manure for Phosphorus (2/29/2008)

Underground phosphorus deposits around the world are mined for use as a much-valued fertilizer. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientists Ariel Szogi, Matias Vanotti and Patrick Hunt have found a way to “mine” the phosphorus in poultry manure.

Poultry officials meet to discuss Salmonella sampling (2/29/2008)

ATLANTA ― More than 100 poultry industry leaders met in Atlanta on Feb. 19 for a meeting organized by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association to discuss the recent Food Safety and Inspection Service Federal Register notice on the Salmonella Verification Sampling Program.

New discovery, scientists take fresh look at poultry disease (2/15/2008)

Poultry scientists are taking a fresh look at the devastating poultry bacterial disease, necrotic enteritis, following a world-first discovery.

Probiotics to fight Salmonella in poultry (2/20/2008)

Salmonella in poultry can be reduced by using probiotics. This development offers a way that makes it easy on poultry growers and enhances food safety.

January 2008   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Don't rely on drugs to delay flu pandemic (1/25/2008)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vaccines and drugs will not be enough to slow or prevent a pandemic of influenza, according to a U.S. government report released on Tuesday.

WHO launches bird flu virus tracker after facing protests over transparency (1/25/2008)

A new World Health Organization system designed to allow countries to track the H5N1 influenza viruses they have provided to international laboratories was launched Tuesday.

MIT finds key to avian flu in humans (1/7/2008)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--MIT researchers have uncovered a critical difference between flu viruses that infect birds and humans, a discovery that could help scientists monitor the evolution of avian flu strains and aid in the development of vaccines against a deadly flu pandemic.

Government News

U.S.D.A. to host poultry improvement plan meeting (1/7/2008)

WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will hold a meeting of the general conference committee of the national poultry improvement plan (N.P.I.P.) from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2008. The meeting will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room C-206, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, N.W., Atlanta, Ga. The general conference committee serves as the liaison between the poultry industry and the U.S.D.A. in matters pertaining to poultry health. In addition, the committee assists the U.S.D.A. in planning, organizing and conducting the N.P.I.P. biennial conference.

USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 3% From Last Year (1/3/2008)

Poultry certified wholesome during November 2007 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.57 billion pounds, up 3 percent from the amount certified in November 2006. The October 2007 revised certified total at 4.00 billion pounds, was up 6 percent from October 2006. The October revision represented an increase of 7.96 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

Broiler production, average liveweight up: USDA (1/21/2008)

The amount of chicks placed in the fourth quarter of 2007 increased about 4 percent over the prior year, according to the Department of Agriculture's Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook.

National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection to Hold Public Meeting (1/21/2008)

The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will hold public meetings on Feb. 5 and 6 to address the planned public health-based slaughter inspection system for young chickens, and how a similar approach could be used for inspection in processing and other slaughter establishments.

FDA Clears for Marketing Real-Time Test for Respiratory Viruses (1/21/2008)

Molecular biology device detects four viruses, including influenza; results available in about 3 hours

Industry News

Leaders in poultry – Cobb Vantress and Hendrix Genetics – form alliance (1/9/2008)

In a press release today, Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics have announced that they will form an alliance to strengthen Cobb’s leading position in the broiler breeding industry and Hendrix’ leading positions in egglayer, turkey and swine genetics and to enable the two to explore other joint venture opportunities.

Blame it on the grain: Analyst drops poultry processor earnings forecasts (free registration required)(1/25/2008)

Shares of three major poultry processors took a ride yesterday after a J.P. Morgan equity analyst cut his first quarter and full year earnings forecasts

Pilgrim's Pride implementing automation initiatives (free registration required)(1/30/2008)

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. already has installed automatic deboning equipment in two plants and has plans to add more at other facilities throughout the year, Chief Operating Officer J. Clinton Rivers told analysts during the company's first-quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday.

Other Organizations' News

Atlanta Celebrates Long-term Convention Success (1/21/2008)

ATLANTA, US – In the past five years, the International Poultry Expo (IPE) has brought nearly 94,000 attendees and $100 million in economic impact to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.

Poultry News

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary to Speak at IPE / IFE 2008 (1/3/2008)

ATLANTA - The 2008 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo will feature a presentation from U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.

US: Maryland poultry farms to be policed (1/7/2008)

Maryland State Administration is proposing regulations that would for the first time allow the state's environmental agency to police pollution from the Eastern Shore's huge poultry industry.

December 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

New Swine Flu Has Avian Flu Genes (12/28/2007)

Researchers have identified a new strain of swine influenza—H2N3—which belongs to the group of H2 influenza viruses that last infected humans during the 1957 pandemic. This new strain has a molecular twist: It is composed of avian and swine influenza genes.

Government News

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips For Mailing Food Gifts This Holiday Season (12/7/2007)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) understands that many Americans enjoy cooking foods that are family favorites and mailing these items to family and friends. Others choose to order food from catalogs, over the Internet or by phone. So the gift is in the mail, but is it safe?

U.S.D.A. and partners racking up N.A.I.S. success (12/18/2007)

WASHINGTON ― As part of the National Animal Identification System’s registration campaign, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has 429,600 premises registered nationwide. During the month of December, Nebraska became the tenth state to register at least 50% of its total estimated production agriculture premises under this system.

USDA Wants Chicken Farmers In Ark., Elsewhere To Take Precautions (12/21/2007)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants not only big poultry producers like Tyson Foods but also the small farmers and hobbyists to guard against the spread of disease among flocks.

Industry News

Lonnie Pilgrim to interim president at Pilgrim's Pride (12/21/2007)

DALLAS — The board of directors of Pilgrim's Pride Corp. elected chairman Lonnie Ken Pilgrim as interim president following the death of chief executive O.B. Goolsby Jr. earlier this week

Tyson, USDA agree on chicken labeling (free registration required)(12/28/2007)

Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc. on Thursday said the company and USDA have agreed to change the wording in its "raised without antibiotics" chicken program.

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation Mourns Death of President and Chief Executive Officer O.B. Goolsby Jr. (12/18/2007)

PITTSBURG, Texas, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced that O.B. Goolsby Jr., president and chief executive officer, today passed away after suffering a massive stroke last Saturday while on a hunting trip in south Texas. Mr. Goolsby was 60 years old.

Other Organizations' News

IPE educational sessions to feature FSIS administrator, chefs and more (free registration required)(12/3/2007)

At the 2008 International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, POULTRY magazine, along with its sister publications Plate magazine and CarneTec.com, will present a variety of educational seminars on topics from food safety to menu trends.

Poultry News

FSIS administrator to address IPE attendees (free registration required)(12/21/2007)

At this year's International Poultry Expo, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Alfred Alamanza will address attendees in a presentation presented by POULTRY magazine.

Poultry Groups Welcome Release From Needless, Burdensome Paperwork Requirements on Family Farmers and First Responders (12/28/2007)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- This is a joint statement by the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on today's announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

University News

Tenure Track Faculty Position – Broiler Nutrition PDF(12/11/2007)

November 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Avian Influenza Vaccinations: A Commentary Focusing on H5N1 High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (11/7/2007)

(CAST Commentary), that discuss the science of avian influenza vaccination and the art of controlling avian influenza. A Special Report (Avian Influenza Vaccines: Focusing on H5N1 High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI), with a Comprehensive Bibliography) also offers an analysis of previous AI vaccine campaigns. Link can be found at http://www.cast-science.org/ [Paid subscription for the special report]

BirdFlu2008: Avian Influenza and Human Health conference, UK (11/26/2007)

Registration for the first international conference on avian influenza - BirdFlu2008: Avian Influenza and Human Health - at Oxford (UK) is now open.

Study says wild birds unlikely to bring H5N1 to Americas (11/26/2007)

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of influenza viruses collected from North American migratory birds over a 6-year period suggests that wild birds rarely carry avian flu viruses between Eurasia and North America, implying that the risk of the deadly H5N1 virus reaching the Americas by that route is probably low.

Government News

New USDA poultry programs official named (free registration required)(11/12/2007)

The Agriculture Department's Agricultural Marketing Service has named Erin Morris associate deputy administrator for poultry programs, effective Nov. 13.

Industry News

Food Outlook Global Market Analysis - Poultry Meat (11/26/2007)

By FAO. Rebounding demand together with tight supplies and rising production costs sustain meat prices in 2007

Other Organizations' News

USPOULTRY names new institute VP (free registration required)(11/27/2007)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has named Paul Pressley vice president of the Poultry & Egg Institute.

San Antonio To Host Next National Chicken Cooking Contest; New Structure Announced (11/9/2007)

San Antonio, Texas, will be the site of the 48th National Chicken Cooking Contest (NCCC), newly revised by the National Chicken Council, sponsor of the Contest, to allow more contestants to win cash prizes for their favorite chicken recipes. The Cook-Off will take place on May 2, 2009 at the Center for Foods of the Americas, a branch of the Culinary Institute of America located in San Antonio.

NCC Sees Little Impact from Rule Allowing Chile To Export Poultry And Poultry Products To The United States (11/2/2007)

The U.S. chicken industry expects no more than minimal impact from the action of the U.S. government in allowing Chile to ship poultry and poultry products to the United States. USDA estimates that Chilean exports to the U.S. will amount to no more than 12,000 metric tons of boneless breast meat, which is less than one percent of U.S. production of boneless breast meat. Whether Chile will actually be able to sell even that much in this country remains to be seen, the National Chicken Council said.

Choose Chicken for a Weight Control Diet (11/2/2007)

The National Chicken Council continues to support the advice given by the U.S. government, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians for many years: chicken, turkey, fish, and lean meat can anchor a diet low in fat to control body weight and maintain good health.

USPOULTRY names new president (free registration required)(11/6/2007)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association board of directors has selected John Starkey to become the association's new president, effective Dec. 1.

NTF Chairman Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Presenting the U.S. President with the National Thanksgiving Turkey (11/30/2007)

President George W. Bush today “pardoned” the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House Ceremony, as he and National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Ted Seger celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first modern National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation

News from American Egg Board (11/30/2007)

Poultry News

FACT SHEET: Terms & Labels (11/30/2007)

Turkey Terms and Labels Describing Various Production Methods

Poultry groups sign workplace-safety agreement with OSHA (free registration required)(11/26/2007)

Under terms of an agreement signed Thursday, companies in the chicken and turkey industries will work together with the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety & Health Administration to implement a new alliance on worker safety, especially concerning machinery hazards, the National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation jointly announced.

University News

Mississippi State University names new head of poultry program (free registration required)(11/7/2007)

Mississippi State University announced that Michael T. Kidd has assumed duties as head of the school's department of poultry science.

CORRECTION- The article pertaining to the late Dr Thaxton mistakenly uses the first name of John instead of James (11/7/2007)

October 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Tamiflu survives sewage treatment (10/4/2007)

UMEA, Sweden, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Swedish researchers say oseltamivir in Tamiflu, used to prevent influenza, is not degraded in sewage treatment, which might make it less effective.

Influenza: Insights Into Cell Specificity Of Human Vs. Avian Viruses (10/10/2007)

Science Daily — Researchers have identified which sites and cell types within the respiratory tract are targeted by human versus avian influenza viruses, providing valuable insights into the pathogenesis of these divergent diseases.

Avian Flu -- 1918 and Today -- Protein Enhances Lethality Of Virus (10/12/2007)

Science Daily — Often called the most devastating epidemic in the recorded history of the world, the 1918 influenza virus pandemic was responsible for more than 40 million deaths across the globe. The incredible lethality of the 1918 flu strain is not well understood, despite having been under intense scrutiny for many years. Now, a new study published by Cell Press in the October issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe unravels some of the mystery surrounding the devastating 1918 pandemic and provides key information that will help prepare for future pandemics.

Structure Of Influenza B Virus Protein Gives Clues To Next Pandemic (10/17/2007)

Science Daily — Determining the structure of a protein called hemagglutinin on the surface of influenza B is giving researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University in Houston clues as to what kinds of mutations could spark the next flu pandemic.

Government News

USDA likely to publish salmonella instances online (free registration required)(10/4/2007)

Arlington, Va. — USDA will likely publish the salmonella statuses of poultry plants online, Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner told the National Chicken Council annual conference here Thursday.

FSIS Final Rule Allows Chile to Export Poultry and Poultry Products to the U.S. (10/31/2007)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that the country of Chile will be allowed to export poultry and poultry products, processed in certified establishments within Chile, to the United States effective December 3, 2007.

Industry News

Tyson restructuring management, poultry group head resigns (free registration required)(10/11/2007)

Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc. on Wednesday announced 25-year Tyson veteran and Senior Group Vice President of Poultry and Prepared Foods Bill Lovette has resigned.

Tyson Foods receives POULTRY's Industry Innovator award (free registration required)(10/5/2007)

Arlington, Va. — Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest protein processor, was honored by POULTRY magazine here Thursday for its outstanding commitment to new product development through combining culinary arts and food science.

Poultry industry safety record best ever: report (free registration required)(10/22/2007)

The rate at which injuries and illnesses occur among poultry processing workers in the United States has reached its lowest level ever and is below the rate found in food manufacturing in general, according to newly published data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other Organizations' News

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim Named Honorary Life Member of NCC Board of Directors (10/19/2007)

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, senior chairman of Pilgrim´s Pride Corporation, was elected an Honorary Life Member of the National Chicken Council Board of Directors at the board meeting held in conjunction with the recent NCC Annual Lonnie Conference, as a tribute to his many years of service to the industry and to NCC.

News from AEB PDF(10/19/2007)

THANKSGIVING WINE WISDOM AT www.EatTurkey.com (10/12/2007)

National Turkey Federation (NTF) is making Thanksgiving preparation less complicated with a consumer guide to preparing a perfect holiday turkey and selecting wines to accompany the meal at its Web site, www.EatTurkey.com. Whether a “first-timer” or one who has prepared countless Thanksgiving meals, a little extra assistance is always welcome.

Welch Named Chairman of National Chicken Council; Roberts is Vice Chairman; Goolsby Named Secretary-Treasurer (10/5/2007)

Mike Welch, president and chief executive officer of Harrison Poultry, Bethlehem, Georgia, was installed today as Chairman of the National Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry. Michael Roberts, president of the Food Products Group of Perdue Farms, Inc., Salisbury, Maryland, took office as Vice Chairman, and O.B. Goolsby, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Pilgrim´s Pride Corporation, Pittsburg, Texas, became Secretary-Treasurer.

New Members Elected to National Chicken Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors (10/5/2007)

New elected members of the National Chicken Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors were announced at the trade association’s Annual Conference here today.

National Turkey Federation Web site honored (free registration required)(10/1/2007)

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) was recognized by the Web Marketing Association in the 2007 International Web Award competition for the creation and development of its Web site, EatTurkey.com.

USPOULTRY announces new educational initiative (free registration required)(10/25/2007)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has formed The Poultry & Egg Institute, a new initiative within the association.

Poultry News

Poultry industry faces drought challenge (10/26/2007)

Top executives of the Georgia Poultry Federation met privately Wednesday with representatives of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to discuss with the city of Gainesville the possible impact of a 10 percent reduction in water use announced Tuesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Ethanol: Is the boom busting? And what happens to feed costs if it is? (free registration required)(10/11/2007)

Two words usually follow "boom" – "town" or "bust." In the case of the ethanol boom, which has brought grief to meat and poultry producers and processors in the form of skyrocketing feed grain prices, an evident bust in ethanol prices may be good news indeed. Or not.

Polyclonal antibodies developed in transgenic chickens (10/9/2007)

Origen Therapeutics in the US has been awarded a $2m (€1.4m) three-year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop human polyclonal antibodies by creating genetically modified chickens.

Poultry manure power plant in operation (10/15/2007)

Apparently approx. 100 semi-truck loads of turkey manure per day provides enough fuel to power 40,000 homes in Minnesota at the nation's first turkey litter fired power plant.

Electricity from poultry fat for Texas (10/17/2007)

Renewables Corp. has announced that it has begun supplying fuel for the nation's first 100% biodiesel powered electricity generating turbine plant in Conroe, Texas.

University News

Admired professor dies of cancer (10/24/2007)

James Paul Thaxton Jr., a professor of poultry science at Mississippi State, died Wednesday at his home after losing a battle to cancer.

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Avian Influenza News

Scientists Not Sure Whether Wild Birds Are Carrying Avian Influenza Virus (9/4/2007)

Researchers say studies do not confirm whether wild birds are carriers of the H5N1 bird flu virus. VOA's Luis Ramirez reports from Bangkok, where experts are gathering this week to figure out better ways to track how the disease is spreading.

Detecting Bird Flu: New Lab-on-chip Identifies H5N1 In Thirty Minutes (9/25/2007)

Science Daily — Researchers have successfully developed a miniaturized device that can be used to detect the highly pathogenic avian flu (H5N1) virus.

Government News

FSIS releases directive on post-mortem livestock inspection (free registration required)(9/25/2007)

The Food and Safety Inspection Service has released a new directive on post-mortem livestock inspection.

U.S.D.A. launches food safety web site (free registration required)(9/19/2007)

WASHINGTON � The Agricultural Research Service (A.R.S.) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a web portal featuring predictive microbiology modeling software designed to assist food processors in their food safety decision-making process.

KNIGHT ANNOUNCES CINDY SMITH AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (9/5/2007)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2007—Bruce Knight, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, today announced the appointment of Cindy J. Smith as administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Industry News

Tyson Foods named POULTRY magazine's 2007 Industry Innovator Award winner (free registration required)(9/6/2007)

Tyson Foods Inc. has been selected to receive POULTRY magazine's 2007 Industry Innovator Award, which honors excellence in the U.S. poultry industry in the areas of innovation, business success, leadership and industry contributions.

Other Organizations' News

NCC Comment on Immigration Enforcement Announcement (9/21/2007)

"The nation's chicken companies are committed to full compliance with applicable federal employment laws, and they work hard to verify an applicant’s eligibility to work. Companies must also be careful to avoid unlawful discrimination. The regulation mentioned today was published in draft form over a year ago and therefore comes as no surprise. Companies will continue to fulfill their obligations under the law."

News from AEB PDF(9/21/2007)

September 17, 2007

Poultry News

Checking Poultry Genes For Disease (9/28/2007)

US - Research funded by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association studied the functional genomic and DNA microarray approach to identify key innate immunity genes as a novel selection method to identify chickens with increased resistance to disease.

Bacteria Inside Red Mites Could Be Targeted To Control Poultry Pests (9/10/2007)

Science Daily — Bacteria which live symbiotically inside the blood-sucking pests called red poultry mites could be a new and effective target to prevent the spread of Salmonella and similar pathogens in chickens, turkeys and other table birds, according to scientists.*

Ample supply of turkeys this Thanksgiving (9/14/2007)

U.S. Poultry : Broiler production is expected to grow by an average of 1.6% annually from 2007to2016 (9/14/2007)

Lower chicken prices in the first half of 2006 led to a decline in production relative to a year ago for the final two quarters of 2006, a rarity for the industry. Though output prices have recovered, producers are showing caution in the face of higher feed costs, limiting production growth in 2007. Broiler production is expected to grow by an average of 1.6% annually from 2007 to 2016, relative to 3.1% growth from 1997 to 2006.

USDA reduces forecast of corn use for ethanol (free registration required)(9/14/2007)

USDA cut its forecast of how much U.S. corn will be used for ethanol production in the marketing year that began Sept. 1, 2007 to 3.3 billion bushels from last month's forecast of 3.4 billion bushels.

Is the US poultry industry coping in heat wave? (9/5/2007)

Extremely high temperatures have embraced much of the US, particularly in the south. These searing temperatures are proving to have serious consequences. How is the country's poultry industry managing?

Next in biofuels: Poultry power (9/4/2007)

Poultry poop is a serious ecological problem in Virginia. So is the burning of fossil fuels.

August 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

The North American plan for avian and pandemic influenza PDF(8/31/2007)

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America has published a new pandemic planning document, ‘The North American plan for avian and pandemic influenza.

Scientists Target Future Pandemic Strains Of H5N1 Avian Influenza (8/13/2007)

Science Daily — Preparing vaccines and therapeutics that target a future mutant strain of H5N1 influenza virus sounds like science fiction, but it may be possible, according to a team of scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a collaborator at Emory University School of Medicine. Success hinges on anticipating and predicting the crucial mutations that would help the virus spread easily from person to person.

State vet lifts some restrictions on movement of poultry litter (8/4/2007)

During routine testing of poultry flocks prior to slaughter, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services determined July 6 that a turkey flock in Shenandoah County tested suspicious for antibodies of low pathogenic avian influenza, a finding which was confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. In response to that discovery, State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes canceled all shows, sales and exhibitions of live poultry statewide and placed restrictions on the movement of poultry litter in a 17-county area in the Shenandoah Valley through July 30, 2007.

USDA develops teaching resource "understanding avian influenza" (8/4/2007)

Educators nationwide now have an additional information resource for teaching high school biology students about avian influenza, specifically highly pathogenic H5N1. The Understanding Avian Influenza lesson plan and instructor's guide were offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service May 22. The lesson explains to students the many reasons why they should know about the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus that currently is spreading overseas and what it would mean if it is detected in the United States.

Scientist doubts efforts to detect avian flu in U.S (8/4/2007)

ORONO, Maine - A potential avian flu pandemic may have slipped from the headlines, but the threat is still very real. And one leading expert worries that U.S. efforts to detect the deadly avian flu strain may be subpar.

Cinnamon helps fight against bird flu (8/8/2007)

Technology has been created whereby cinnamon extract is used as an air disinfectant against bird flu in airports, or as a daily supplement that protects people against the common flu.

Government News

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has scheduled a Public Meeting for August 7, 2007 (8/4/2007)

Food Safety Inspection at Poultry Processing Facilities - The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has scheduled a Public Meeting for August 7, 2007 in Arlington Virginia " ... to discuss public health based inspection in poultry slaughter to address Campylobacter, Salmonella, and other issues of public health concern. FSIS is seeking public input on the ideas, concepts, data, and analyses it will use to form the basis of a technical plan. The public meeting will afford FSIS and its stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the rationale and process for the Agency's enhanced approach, as well as the background leading up to its current thinking on the concept ..."

F.S.I.S. launches 'askFSIS' (8/21/2007)

WASHINGTON — The Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched askFSIS, a new feature of its web site designed to answer technical and policy questions regarding inspection and public health regulations 24 hours a day. The new addition to the agency’s web site is designed to inform a business audience rather than directly focusing on consumers’ concerns.

New Deputy Administrator of USDA Poultry Programs. (8/28/2007)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the selection of Rex A. Barnes as the new Deputy Administrator of AMS’ Poultry Programs.

Industry News

Tyson launches Web site to promote chicken raised without antibiotics (free registration required)(8/4/2007)

PURAC America Inc Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc. has launched a new interactive Web site to promote the company's new line of 100 percent All Natural Fresh Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

Other Organizations' News

USPOULTRY VP retires (free registration required)(8/4/2007)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has announced that Larry Brown, vice president of education programs, will retire in September after 30 years with the Tucker, Ga.-based association.

News from the AEB PDF(8/10/2007)

Poultry News

The new US trend: the cage-free egg (8/13/2007)

Apparently, the latest trend in the US food world is the cage-free egg.

More farms find unlikely power source: manure (free registration required)(8/4/2007)

An increasing number of U.S. farms are converting manure into electricity and reducing the smell in the process.

5 ways to avoid foodborne illness at your Labor Day barbecue (8/28/2007)

Medicinal plants to treat poultry diseases (8/17/2007)

Farmers are opening up to the idea of using herbs to treat poultry diseases, and many poultry farmers know just how to do this.

Poultry litter turned into bio-oil (8/21/2007)

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are developing portable pyrolysis units that can convert poultry litter into bio-oil in a system that addresses biosecurity issues.

July 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Researchers warn H5N1 reassortment can occur beyond winter months (7/26/2007)

Jul 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – World health experts have been working under a general assumption that a feared reassortment between human and avian influenza viruses—a scenario that could spark a pandemic—might only occur during a short winter interval, but researchers who recently examined virus circulation patterns warn that time frames for coinfection are wider and sometimes unpredictable.

How Would The Avian Influenza Virus Be Transmitted In Human Households? (7/27/2007)

Science Daily — Recent outbreaks of emerging diseases such as SARS and H5N1 avian influenza have underlined the fact that animal pathogens may acquire the ability to spread efficiently in humans -- but as yet have not.

VA Department of Agriculture Comments on Avian Flu Evidence Found in Valley (7/9/2007)

During routine testing of poultry flocks prior to slaughter, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) determined late Friday, July 6, that a turkey flock in Shenandoah County tested suspicious for antibodies of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). Testing over the weekend by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa confirmed the presence of avian influenza (A.I.) antibodies, which indicates possible prior exposure to the A.I. H5 virus. So far USDA testing has not identified the actual virus that caused the birds to produce the antibodies.

W.Va. suspends shows, sales after avian flu found in Va. (7/10/2007)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's annual poultry festival was canceled Monday after the state was placed under a 30-day order suspending all poultry shows and sales following the discovery of avian influenza in a Virginia turkey flock.

Positive avian flu test has poultry farmers on alert (7/10/2007)

A flock of 54,000 turkeys must be destroyed near Mount Jackson, north of Harrisonburg in Shenandoah County. This comes after turkeys at the farm tested positive for a mild strain of the avian flu.

Government News

New federal animal research facility dedicated in Ames (7/5/2007)

Federal and state officials today dedicated the new research facility at the National Centers for Animal Health in Ames. The five members of the Iowa congressional delegation who help secure the funding for the project were on hand, including Republican Congressman Tom Latham of Ames.

Court Upholds Air Emissions Agreements (7/26/2007)

WASHINGTON,DC - The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has welcomed a federal court decision to dismiss challenges to the validity of air emissions agreements between the Environmental Protection Agency and livestock and poultry operations.

EPA Extends Clean Water Deadlines for Animal Feeding Operations (7/26/2007)

US - To respond properly to citizen comment on a federal court order, EPA today announced a final rule extending certain compliance deadlines from July 31, 2007 to Feb. 27, 2009 for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

FSIS to discuss possible changes to slaughterhouse inspections (free registration required)(7/26/2007)

Among other topics, USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service will discuss potential changes to how it inspects slaughter plants at a public meeting on Aug. 7 in Arlington, Va.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride names new chairman (7/27/2007)

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. on Thursday announced that Lonnie Ken Pilgrim was elected chairman of the Pittsburg, Texas-based poultry processor, succeeding his father, Lonnie Bo Pilgrim, who was named senior chairman and remains on the company's board.

Anti-antibiotics (free registration required)(7/21/2007)

When the National Chicken Council gathers at Incline Village in Nevada from July 15-17 for the organization’s annual Marketing Conference, the announcement last month by Tyson Foods that it will phase out use of antibiotics in poultry production will likely dominate many a workshop and hallway discussion.

Koch's Turkey Farm launches natural and organic deli meats (free registration required)(7/21/2007)

Tamaqua, Penn.-based Koch's Turkey Farm has launched an all natural and organic turkey deli meats line.

Other Organizations' News

Nominate POULTRY's Industry Innovator (free registration required)(7/21/2007)

Each year, POULTRY Magazine recognizes an "Industry Innovator" — a poultry processor whose products, processes or overall approach to marketing or management have improved not only its own bottom line, but raised the standard of excellence for the entire poultry industry.

Poultry News

First-of-its-kind IBDV test in poultry (7/26/2007)

Ohio State University's Center for Diagnostic Assays (CDA) has developed a test for the detection of very virulent infectious bursal disease virus (vvIBDV) in poultry flocks.

Researcher explores way to burn poultry litter to provide heat source (7/9/2007)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An agricultural engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas said he has found a way to burn poultry litter to heat poultry houses. He said it could be better for the birds, better for the farmers and better for the environment.

June 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

New pocket geography may point toward better avian flu drugs (6/20/2007)

Amid heightened concern over a possible epidemic of bird flu in humans, scientists in the United States and Taiwan are reporting critical new insights into the architecture of a key enzyme in the H5N1 avian influenza virus that enables the virus to spread.

Analysis: Bird flu fears reignited (6/20/2007)

TORONTO, June 19 (UPI) -- While the threat of a bird flu pandemic continues to hang over the world, authorities in the United Kingdom now believe a second strain of avian flu -- previously considered of little human risk -- does indeed pose a real danger to people.

Experts meet on bird flu threat (6/29/2007)

Scientists from around the globe are meeting in Aviemore to consider the latest ways of combating the threat of avian flu.

FDA Finalizes Guidance for Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines (6/4/2007)

ROCKVILLE, MD -- June 1, 2007 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued final recommendations to increase the supply of safe and effective influenza vaccines for both seasonal and pandemic use.

Human antibodies protect mice from avian flu (6/4/2007)

VietNamNet Bridge - An international team of scientists have used antibodies derived from immune cells from recent human survivors of H5N1 avian influenza to successfully treat H5N1-infected mice and perhaps lay the building blocks for a potential cure for the virus.

Government News

USDA gives the boot to certain organic ingredients (free registration required)(6/18/2007)

As a result of a new USDA rule, organic products containing certain non-organic minor ingredients are in non-compliance with organic certification — at least for now.

Industry News

Aviagen supports future research for the poultry industry (6/11/2007)

Aviagen's sponsored PhD students recently participated in a seminar in Edinburgh where they updated Aviagen’s research, veterinary and technical teams on their research plans and progress.

With Avian Flu Behind Brazil's Chicken Exports Grow 85% (6/20/2007)

Brazil exported around US$ 400 million in chicken meat during the month of May, an increase of 84.9% over the same month last year, according to information disclosed in Săo Paulo yesterday, June 18, by the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).

Tyson fresh chicken goes antibiotic free (6/19/2007)

SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Tyson Foods announced many of its fresh chicken products will be marketed under the Tyson brand and prominently feature the phrase "chicken raised without antibiotics" on the label.

Tyson launches renewable fuels joint venture (free registration required)(6/29/2007)

Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc. on Monday announced it will form a joint venture with Tulsa-based synthetic fuels technology company Syntroleum Corp.

Other Organizations' News

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council elects chairman (free registration required)(6/29/2007)

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council elected Mark Blanchard, executive vice president of New Orleans-based warehousing and cold storage company NOCS, as its chairman of the board for the 2007-2008 year.

NPG Launches Nature Reports (6/20/2007)

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced the launch of two new websites- Nature Reports Climate Change and Nature Reports Stem Cells.

NCC Urges Congress to Restore Balance In Food-Fuel Equation (6/8/2007)

WASHINGTON -- May 17, 2007 -- Congress should restore the balance between food and fuel in the nation&squo;s energy policy, according to Bill Roenigk, senior vice president and chief economist of the National Chicken Council, commenting on the Iowa State University on biofuels released here today:

News from AEB PDF(6/8/2007)

Poultry News

Chicken of the Sea: Poultry may have reached Americas via Polynesia (6/11/2007)

Thor Heyerdahl got it backwards. More than 40 years ago, the late explorer proposed that the Inca or their predecessors voyaged from South America to Polynesia by raft. On the contrary, a new study indicates that Polynesian seafarers reached what's now Chile by about 620 years ago. That conclusion hinges on the first evidence of when chickens arrived in the Americas.

Chicken litter could be 'green' (6/19/2007)

One day, the truckloads of chicken manure that Donald Johnson spreads on his pasture could instead be turning on the lights in Iredell County.

Eastern Shore on short list for poultry litter fueled plant (6/4/2007)

SALISBURY — The company that next month will launch the country’s first poultry-waste-fueled power plant has said the Lower Shore would be an excellent location for its next plant.

Polynesians linked to poultry population (6/6/2007)

Prehistoric Polynesians, not European voyagers, may have brought chickens to the Americas, according to new research from The University of Auckland’s Department of Anthropology which has been published in the June 4 edition of journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Campylobacter cases in poultry are beginning to fall (6/29/2007)

According to experts within the poultry industry, measures introduced in 2006 to reduce the level of campylobacter infection on chicken farms and processing plants may be starting to have an impact.

Safe food practices keep Fourth fun (6/29/2007)

European Union tightens up food safety (6/29/2007)

EUROPE: Almost half of the rapid-alert system notifications in Europe concern imports rejected at EU border.

May 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Countries succeeding against avian influenza: OIE (5/21/2007)

FRANCE: Today, most countries overcome avian influenza outbreaks when they occur.

USDA releases avian influenza education materials (free registration required)(5/30/2007)

USDA has introduced Understanding Avian Influenza, a lesson plan for use in schools around the country aimed at helping American young people understand highly pathogenic AI.

Optaflu influenza vaccine, receives support of European Union approval (5/1/2007)

Novartis leading the introduction of influenza cell culture manufacturing - the first major innovation in influenza vaccine manufacturing in more than 50 years.

'Supermap' of avian flu yields new info on source/spread (5/2/2007)

Scientists here have designed a new, interactive map of the spread of the avian flu virus (H5N1) that for the first time incorporates genetic, geographic and evolutionary information that may help predict where the next outbreak of the virus is likely to occur.

FDA Approves First U.S. Vaccine for Humans Against the Avian Influenza Virus H5N1 (5/10/2007)

The FDA has recently announced the first approval in the United States of a vaccine for humans against the H5N1 influenza virus, commonly known as avian or bird flu.

Avian Flu High On World Health Assembly Agenda (5/15/2007)

The issue of sharing research data on avian influenza is shaping up to be the most controversial and potentially damaging item on this year's agenda of the World Health Assembly. The annual assembly of 193 governments, which opens in Geneva on Monday, will debate ways to tackle a possible bird flu pandemic. Other global health problems will also be under review. Lisa Schlein has more for VOA.

Government News

USDA NAMES MEMBERS TO NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MEAT AND POULTRY INSPECTION (5/7/2007)

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2007 -U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has named members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI).

FDA names a food-safety czar (free registration required)(5/2/2007)

Facing growing criticism about its ability to protect the nation's food supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday it has created the position of assistant commissioner for food protection to advise on "strategic and substantive food-safety and food-defense matters."

TRANSCRIPT OF FDA/USDA MEDIA TELECONFERENCE PROVIDING AN UPDATE ON ADULTERATED FEED TO POULTRY AND HOGS (5/2/2007)

Food safety amendment introduced (5/7/2007)

UNITED STATES: Senator Edward Kennedy and colleagues introduce bipartisan food safety amendment.

National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods to Hold Public Meetings (5/30/2007)

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2007 - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings June 4 - 8, 2007.

Ethanol Reshapes the Corn Market (5/30/2007)

The expanding U.S. ethanol sector is stimulating demand for corn, but alternatives to corn may dampen that demand.

Industry News

Grills sizzled over Memorial Day weekend (5/30/2007)

UNITED STATES: Hamburgers and hot dogs topped list of most popular grilling items over Memorial Day weekend.

Frozen poultry down 24% from 2006, red meat off 2% (5/23/2007)

WASHINGTON — Total frozen poultry supplies on April 30 were 969 million lbs, down 24% from a year ago, while total red meet in freezers was 957 million lbs, down 2%, the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

FEBRUARY 2007 EGG INDUSTRY STATISTICS PDF(5/7/2007)

Tyson Foods' team members fight Childhood Hunger (5/10/2007)

UNITED STATES: Hunger-relief organizations in more than 50 communities will receive donations

Other Organizations' News

Thai-inspired recipe wins! (5/7/2007)

United States: Chicken breast enhanced with jasmine rice, shredded coconut, and crunchy Thai-style slaw earns $100,000 prize.

Antimicrobial intervention symposium set (5/7/2007)

The Canadian Meat Council is bringing together researchers, government policy makers, and meat and poultry industry members and suppliers for a symposium on "Advances in Antimicrobial Interventions for Quality Control of Meat and Poultry Products." It will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Toronto Airport (Canada) on September 13 and 14, 2007.

Study Warns U.S. Near Tipping Point in Corn-Based Ethanol (5/18/2007)

WASHINGTON - A major new study officially issued today conservatively estimates that increased corn prices driven by rapidly expanding U.S. ethanol production already have increased U.S. retail food prices by $14 billion annually.

Poultry News

Organic poultry gains popularity (5/10/2007)

Despite high feed costs, eggs and poultry are now among the fastest growing organic food products in the US. The sale of organic eggs is expected to rise nearly 40% and poultry sales to more than triple by the end of the decade.

Small town looks to turn chicken fat into power (5/10/2007)

For the Houston area to have an energy source first isn’t unusual, but the latest plan isn’t your typical black gold rush.

No More "Foul" Air From This Chicken Coop (5/10/2007)

If only there were a nifty device that could filter the air leaving chicken coops to reduce the levels of potentially harmful ammonia, dust and pathogenic microbes that enter the atmosphere. Soon there may be, thanks to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Fayetteville, Ark.

New rules on chicken welfare (5/10/2007)

EUROPE: European agreement on animal welfare rules for broilers welcomed.

FDA issues food safety reminder to processors (5/15/2007)

UNITED STATES: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues letter to food manufacturers regarding legal responsibilities for the safety of food/feed ingredients.

University News

Timmons new Extension poultry specialist (5/15/2007)

SALISBURY, Md. — Jennifer Timmons is the newest face at the Lower Shore Research and Education Center.

Prof receives poultry industry medal of achievement (5/18/2007)

4:58 p.m., May 17, 2007--Conrad R. Pope, professor of veterinary pathology in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at UD, is the 2007 recipient of the Delmarva Poultry Industry's Medal of Achievement for a nonelected individual.

April 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

OIE launches AI Web site (free registration required)(4/6/2007)

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recently launched a new Web site providing key facts and figures about highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Bug versus Bug: Insect virus makes a viable flu vaccine (4/16/2007)

A new influenza vaccine churned out by caterpillar cells prevents the flu, researchers say. The advance might eventually revolutionize the manufacture of flu vaccine, now produced in chicken eggs in a long, cumbersome process prone to contamination and other failures.

FDA Licenses First U.S. Vaccine for Humans Against Avian Influenza (4/18/2007)

SWIFTWATER, Pa. and LYON, France, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi pasteur, the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed its H5N1 vaccine, the first avian influenza vaccine for humans in the U.S. Sanofi pasteur, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, submitted a Biologics License Application to the FDA for this H5N1 vaccine. The licensure serves as a first key step in achieving the government's goal of stockpiling vaccine intended to protect those who are at increased risk of exposure to the H5N1 influenza virus contained in the vaccine during the early stages of a pandemic.

Government News

First decline in poultry meat production since 1973 (4/23/2007)

Economic Research Service (ERS) of the US Department of Agriculture has revised its estimate of US broiler production downward for the 2007.

International Egg and Poultry Review (4/26/2007)

US - By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service - This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry.

F.D.A. to propose label revisions for irradiated foods (4/3/2007)

WASHINGTON — In the April 4 Federal Register, the Food and Drug Administration plans to issue a proposal to revise its labeling regulations for foods that have been treated with irradiation. The agency is proposing that only foods in which irradiation "causes a material change in the food, or a material change in the consequences that may result from the use of the food, bear the radura logo and the term ‘irradiated.’

Industry News

Tyson teams with ConocoPhillips to produce renewable diesel fuel (free registration required)(4/17/2007)

By teaming up with Tyson Foods, ConocoPhillips will be able to use beef, pork and poultry byproduct fat to create renewable diesel fuel, an effort aimed at shoring up America's energy security and addressing climate change concerns.

Brazilian poultry meat exports drop (4/17/2007)

In 2006, Brazilian poultry meat exports fell 4.67% to 2.71 billion kg. This compares with 2.84 billion kg in 2005.

Pilgrim's Pride recommits to production cuts (4/2/2007)

PITTSBURG, TEXAS – Despite what the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects to be the most acreage dedicated to corn crops in more than 60 years, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. plans to stick to its plan of cutting poultry production by 5% for the remainder of 2007.

Poultry News

$500,000 solar project for poultry industry (4/23/2007)

A solar electric system at a poultry growout house owned by Allen Family Foods, US, has officially opened.

Turning poultry waste into profit (4/27/2007)

It seems everyone nowadays is into biofuels. But when the largest poultry processor in the world decides to enter the biofuels arena, it makes a big difference.

Campylobacter strategy progressing well (4/26/2007)

New Zealand: New Zealand Food Safety Authority adopts whole food chain approach to tackle pathogen.

Move to cut Salmonella in chicken (4/4/2007)

EUROPE: EFSA publishes EU-wide survey on Salmonella levels in broiler meat flocks.

Pilot project studying solar poultry house (4/6/2007)

At most poultry farms, there are giant fans to keep the air moving, water cooling systems to keep the chickens comfortable and rows and rows of incandescent light bulbs.

Scientists look for best feed from ethanol byproduct (4/9/2007)

URBANA – Ethanol is the star on the agriculture stage now, but behind the scenes, University of Illinois animal scientists are casting the spotlight on its not-so-sexy byproduct.

Burning Poultry Litter Yields Energy, Reduces Pollution (4/9/2007)

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working to perfect a method for disposing of poultry litter that could save energy costs to heat poultry houses and reduce water pollution from manure applied to fields as fertilizer. Supported by a two-year $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, scientists are collaborating with turkey growers and the Adams County poultry company Pilgrim's Pride to demonstrate that incineration is a viable method to resolve problems associated with the spreading of poultry litter.

Report of the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on the Analysis of the baseline survey on the prevalence of Salmonella in broiler flocks of Gallus gallus, in the EU, 2005-2006 PDF(4/10/2007)

Salmonella is an important cause of food-borne illnesses in humans. Farm animals and food of animal origin form an important source of human Salmonella infections. Therefore European Community legislation foresees setting of Salmonella reduction targets for animal population including broiler flocks. A European Union-wide baseline survey was carried out to determine the prevalence of Salmonella in commercial flocks of broilers with at least 5,000 birds. This survey provides information for the Salmonella target setting. The survey was the second of several baseline surveys to be conducted in the Community.

Chicken litter to provide power in Georgia (free registration required)(4/10/2007)

A new power plant in Carnesville, Ga., will produce electricity powered in part by chicken litter.

Streamlining Wastewater Treatment In Poultry Processing (4/12/2007)

Columbus, WI — With the steady increase in poultry processing rates there has been a corresponding increase in wastewater pollutant concentrations.

March 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

U.S. downplays H5N1 entering via bird pathways (3/16/2007)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is unlikely that a sick bird would be able to carry the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus into the United States through the Pacific and Atlantic flyways, U.S. officials said on Wednesday

Questions and Answers: Avian Influenza (3/16/2007)

Researchers Find Surprising Pattern of Influenza Spread in South America and Tropics (3/21/2007)

BETHESDA, Md., March 20, 2007--Researchers studying influenza transmission patterns in the Southern Hemisphere and in tropical areas, specifically Brazil, uncovered the unexpected finding that each season influenza travels from low populated regions near the equator to the more populated centers. Their work, funded by the Fogarty International Center (NIH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), can improve planning for influenza control in tropical areas.

Scientists Hope Vigilance Stymies Avian Flu Mutations (3/30/2007)

The virus, H5N1, which was first isolated in humans in 1997, has not started a pandemic in a full decade of trying, so a few flu experts think it never wil

WHO, Asian Nations Test AI Preparedness With Drill (3/30/2007)

The World Health Organization and several Asian nations will perform their first drill to determine how quickly the group can react to the initial indicators of a pandemic.

Review Of 1918 Pandemic Flu Studies Offers More Questions Than Answers (3/1/2007)

Science Daily — Scientists and public health officials, wary that the H5N1 avian influenza virus could trigger an influenza pandemic, have looked to past pandemics, including the 1918 "Spanish Flu," for insight into pandemic planning. However, in a Journal of Infectious Diseases review article now posted online, David M. Morens, M.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, conclude that studies of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed some 50 to 100 million people around the globe, have so far raised more questions than they answer.

FDA panel endorses first U.S. avian flu vaccine (3/1/2007)

The first vaccine against avian flu for the United States has been endorsed by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel, but merely as a stopgap measure until better vaccines are developed.

Scientists reconstruct migration of avian flu virus (3/7/2007)

UC Irvine researchers have combined genetic and geographic data of the H5N1 avian flu virus to reconstruct its history over the past decade. They found that multiple strains of the virus originated in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and they identified many of the migration routes through which the strains spread regionally and internationally.

Government News

U.S.D.A. sees broiler 'retrenching' in 2007 (3/21/2007)

WASHINGTON – Broiler production in the United States will increase only 1% in 2007, to 36 billion lbs. This would be the slowest rate of production growth since 1975, Shayle D. Shagam, a livestock analyst with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told participants in the U.S.D.A.’s Agricultural Outlook Forum on March 2.

USDA surveys broiler profitability (3/21/2007)

UNITED STATES: USDA is conducting a nationwide survey of broiler growers to determine the costs and revenues of operating their farms.

U.S.D.A. formally signs agreement with F.A.O. (3/14/2007)

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Director-General Jacques Diouf of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) on Wednesday signed an agreement to coordinate technical assistance between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the F.A.O. The agreement is designed to address issues important to U.S. agriculture, such as chronic hunger, plant and animal diseases including avian influenza, conservation, genetic resources and the growing demand for renewable energy resources.

Industry News

Award for Tyson (3/21/2007)

UNITED STATES: International Foodservice Distributors Association names Tyson Foods Supplier of the Year.

Pilgrim's Pride official discusses Gold Kist and market challenges (3/31/2007)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – During a presentation yesterday at the Lehman Brothers High Yield Bond and Syndicated Loan Conference, O.B. Goolsby Jr., president and chief executive of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Pittsburg, Texas, discussed the company’s history, its most recent acquisition, competition in the market and what lies ahead.

Tyson joins University of Arkansas Board of Trustees (free registration required)(3/7/2007)

John H. Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods' board of directors, has been appointed to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees by Gov. Mike Beebe.

Tyson Foods named supplier of the year by I.F.D.A. (3/7/2007)

SPRINGDALE, ARK. – Tyson Foods, Inc. was named Supplier of the Year for the second year in a row by the International Foodservice Distributors Association at the association’s Partners Executive Forum, held in Amelia Island, Florida. Each year the I.F.D.A. surveys its distributor membership to rate the effectiveness and performance of foodservice supplier companies in five key business areas.

Pilgrim's Pride named to 'Most Admired' list (3/7/2007)

Chicken company Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has been named to Fortune's list of "America's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year. The firm ranked No. 2 overall in the food production industry for 2007.

Other Organizations' News

Chicken Industry Supports Bills to Clarify that Federal “Superfund” Law Does Not Apply to Chicken Litter (3/9/2007)

The National Chicken Council supports legislation introduced in Congress today by a bipartisan group of influential lawmakers that will clarify that chicken litter and other types of animal manure are not hazardous waste under federal law.

Higher Meat and Poultry Prices Seen As Ethanol Demand Hits Corn Supply, Chicken Industry Tells Congress (3/9/2007)

Meat and poultry producers are facing rapid increases in the cost of the grain needed to feed their animals, which economists predict will result in higher consumer prices, the chicken industry told Congress today.

Ross Enterprise Webcast (3/7/2007)

Addressing Organic Food Production Challenges. Register before March 13, 2007

National Chicken Council Encouraged by Report On Corn Planting Plans, Concerned by Drop in Soybeans (3/31/2007)

Bill Roenigk, senior vice president and chief economist of the National Chicken Council, said Friday that while the Council is encouraged by the USDA Prospective Plantings report that acreage planted in corn this year will increase 15 percent over 2006, the outlook is clouded by a predicted drop in soybean acres, since the poultry industry is a major buyer of soybean meal as well as corn.

Industry Roadmap: Building the Fresh Foods Supply Chain of the Future (3/31/2007)

As anyone who has been involved in the selling and tracking of random-weight or variable-measure products (such as poultry and red meat) can tell you, the current tracking system is inadequate. There is simply not enough capacity to uniquely identify today’s large number of fresh foods products and manufacturers. While today’s system may not be “broken,” it is inefficient without common standards that cross all perishable categories. A new direction and roadmap are required.

Webinar by Watt Publishing (3/1/2007)

New Products and New Opportunities in the Meat and Poultry Industry

NTF Chairman Expresses Concerns About Renewable Fuels and Feed (3/16/2007)

NTF Chairman Ted Seger warned the House Agriculture Committee today that the growing impact of the federal renewable fuels policy on the demand for corn and soybeans could significantly harm the turkey industry and raise food prices for consumers.

Poultry News

Poultry Litter to Fuel Minnesota Power Plant (3/16/2007)

Biomass -- in this case in the form of hundreds of thousands of pounds of turkey litter with woodchips and sawdust blended in -- soon will be fueling a 55 megawatt [MW] power plant producing enough electricity to supply 50,000 homes in the Minnesota community of Benson.

Salmonella control in turkey chillers (3/16/2007)

UNITED STATES: Research shows that properly managed immersion chilling systems consistently reduce salmonella and campylobacter on turkey carcasses during commercial turkey processing.

Transgenic chicken eggs may fight skin cancer (3/23/2007)

SAVOY, Ill. -- Patients with skin cancer may one day have access to cheaper drugs for treatment, thanks to the work of a team of scientists in Scotland on developing transgenic chickens whose eggs contain proteins that may be the key to developing new cancer-fighting drugs and other therapeutic proteins.

High fertilizer prices drive poultry sales (3/30/2007)

PURDY, Mo. — High commercial fertilizer prices are creating more interest in using poultry litter to grow crops from grass to corn.

Manure as Fuel: Poultry Litter-Fueled Furnace Will Reduce Energy Costs, Protect Watershed (3/30/2007)

Newswise — Modernizing an ancient method of producing energy, a Division of Agriculture engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas has developed a system that addresses two major problems associated with poultry farming. By using poultry litter as fuel, the system will help protect the environment and could reduce individual farmers’ energy costs by as much as 80 percent.

Examination of polymers created with poultry feathers (3/30/2007)

Biodegradable polymers created from poultry feathers may add value to the poultry industry and help solve the growing environmental problem of plastic waste.

Bacteria control product to begin testing in US poultry plants (3/11/2007)

Tasker Blue has consistently tested effective in significantly lowering these and other bacteria during poultry processing under research conditions.

Change is on the way for meat/poultry processors (3/13/2007)

Meat and poultry processing plants are in for a change -- more concentrated risk-based inspection system (RBI).

Poultry: January Egg Production Down 1 Percent (3/1/2007)

U.S. egg production totaled 7.64 billion during January 2007, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.54 billion table eggs, and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.03 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2007 averaged 347 million, down 1 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,200 eggs, down slightly from January 2006.

Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weights Down Slightly (3/1/2007)

Poultry certified wholesome during January 2007 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.55 billion pounds, down slightly from the amount certified in January 2006. December 2006 revised certified total at 3.20 billion pounds, was down 6 percent from December 2005. The December revision represented an increase of 20.4 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

February 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

GlaxoSmithKline Files Its New Pre-Pandemic Influenza Vaccine In Europe (2/3/2007)

GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) today announced that its new generation H5N1 split antigen pre-pandemic influenza vaccine has been accepted for review by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) in Europe. This innovative vaccine utilizes GSK's novel proprietary adjuvant system technology which allows a very low amount of antigen (3.8µg) to be used to elicit a strong seroprotective response -- the so-called 'antigen-sparing' effect.

Tiny Mutations Can Limit Influenza Spread, Study Finds (2/3/2007)

ATLANTA, Feb. 1 -- Two small mutations are enough to turn off the ability of the highly lethal, wildly contagious "Spanish influenza" virus to pass from person to person, a new study suggests.

Bird Flu Control Measures Have `Failed,' Webster Says (Update1) (2/3/2007)

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The resurgence of avian influenza among poultry and people in Asia and Africa shows international control measures have ``failed,'' a U.S. expert said.

Scientists Warn That Bird-Flu Virus Remains a Threat (2/18/2007)

Last winter, as the deadly bird-flu virus marched out of Asia, across Europe and down into Africa, public health experts warned of the potential for a catastrophic pandemic like the Spanish flu of 1918.

WHO reports development of influenza vaccine (2/18/2007)

Geneva, Feb 17: The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported encouraging progress in the development of avian influenza vaccine.

Poultry trade, not wild birds, now responsible for spread of avian flu – UN expert (2/17/2007)

Avian influenza, last season transmitted by migrating wild birds, is now being spread through the poultry trade, the top United Nations expert on the issue said today, warning that despite some successful efforts of States to contain the virus, no one can afford to be complacent as it could potentially mutate into a human pandemic.

Bird flu summit scheduled (2/18/2007)

UNITED STATES: The fourth international bird flu summit will be held next month in Washington, D.C.

Government News

USDA Long-Term Projections: World Poultry Imports (2/18/2007)

Poultry meat imports by major importers are projected to increase by about 0.8 million tons (15 percent) from 2007 to 2016.

USDA: Increased ethanol output will force expansion of U.S. corn crop (free registration required)(2/18/2007)

Ethanol production will drive corn output up to 12.065 billion bushels in the 2007-08 marketing year, with additional increased corn planting over the next decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

FSIS works to protect U.S. food supply (2/3/2007)

UNITED STATES: The Food Safety and Inspection Service is working to protect the nation’s food supply in the event of an avian influenza outbreak.

FSIS label changes for poultry PDF(2/3/2007)

FSIS Proposes Timeline for Risk-Based Inspection in Processing Plants (2/23/2007)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2007 — USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond today announced a timetable for introducing more robust risk-based inspection in processing plants, proposing to begin in April with 30 locations representing about 254 establishments and potentially expanding to approximately 150 locations by the end of 2007.

Georgia poultry research lab could be expanding (2/20/2007)

The country's main bird flu research program could be undergoing a major renovation, including the expansion of a new lab in Athens, Georgia.

Changes to U.S. meat, poultry inspections (2/20/2007)

UNITED STATES: Major changes to the United States food inspection system could mean tougher inspections for meat and poultry companies.

LIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND POULTRY OUTLOOK (2/3/2007)

Industry News

EU poultry production declines due to AI (2/23/2007)

GERMANY: A German market analyst says EU poultrymeat production was down about two percent last year because of bird flu.

Global poultry industry being squeezed (2/20/2007)

BRAZIL: A poultry industry analyst says avian influenza outbreaks and high maize prices are taking a toll on the industry.

Rising poultry prices relieve producers (2/18/2007)

Poultry prices are rising rapidly, which may be just what the poultry sector needs to return to profitability in the wake of the bird flu scare that prompted a supply glut last year.

Poultry sales mostly unaffected by bird flu (2/18/2007)

Leading supermarket chains say the recent bird flu outbreak in Britain has had little impact on poultry counter sales so far -- a view echoed in other parts of Europe.

Poultry industry looks for better '07 Production may be cut to help rebound (2/18/2007)

Higher input costs and greater poultry supplies nationwide resulted in a tough 2006 for profits, and area companies may be reducing production numbers to rebound the 2007 market, industry experts said.

Other Organizations' News

International Poultry Expo Posts Increase in Attendance (2/18/2007)

The 2007 International Poultry Expo brought together nearly 20,000 attendees from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 90 countries.

USPOULTRY names new VP of food safety and production (free registration required)(2/3/2007)

The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alling Yancy to the post of vice president of food safety and production programs, effective Feb. 12.

Poultry News

‘Big birds’ leave tracks on retail and foodservice (2/3/2007)

UNITED STATES: Big birds may be popular with processors who get more bang for their buck, but consumers still like smaller birds better.

US antibiotics phased out in two years time (2/18/2007)

Bills have been introduced in the US Congress that would phase-out within two years the non-therapeutic use in animal feed of antibiotics that are deemed important to human medicine. They also would require manufacturers to submit information on the amounts of such drugs sold.

Avian cholera identified in seagulls: N.L. vet (2/3/2007)

Avian cholera, a disease that can quickly kill bird populations, has been diagnosed in six dead seagulls, Newfoundland and Labrador's chief veterinarian reported Tuesday.

University News

Penn State Poultry Science Club Named Club of Year (2/18/2007)

The Penn State Poultry Science Club was named national Club of the Year for the fourth time in six years at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia., last month.

January 2007   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

World is years away from controlling bird flu: WHO (1/22/2007)

GENEVA (Reuters) - The world is years away from stamping out bird flu in poultry, and the threat of a human pandemic will remain until it does, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Molecular Anatomy of Influenza Virus Detailed (1/2/2007)

Being able to visualize influenza virus particles should boost our efforts to prepare for a possible pandemic flu attack, says NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. This work will allow us to ‘know our enemy much better.

NIAID DNA Vaccine for H5N1 Avian Influenza Enters Human Trial (1/4/2007)

The first human trial of a DNA vaccine designed to prevent H5N1 avian influenza infection began on December 21, 2006, when the vaccine was administered to the first volunteer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Scientists from the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the NIH Institutes, designed the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain any infectious material from the influenza virus.

New AI guidelines issued (1/2/2007)

ITALY: The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed advice for the use of antiviral treatments for avian influenza.

Bird flu tops list of challenges as Chan takes over WHO (free registration required)(1/5/2007)

Margaret Chan, a 59-year-old Hong Kong native, took charge of the World Health Organization on Thursday, pledging to prioritize the concerns of women and Africans even while coping with the ongoing specter of bird flu.

Avian Flu Virus Unlikely To Spread Through Wastewater And Drinking Water Treatment Systems, Cornell Researchers Find (1/5/2007)

A close relative of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) can be eliminated by waste and drinking water treatments, including chlorination, ultraviolet (UV) radiation and bacterial digesters. The virus is harmless to humans but provides a study case of the pathways by which the influenza could spread to human populations.

OSHA gives guidance for protecting against avian influenza (1/9/2007)

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released guidance about the hazards of occupational exposure to avian influenza, with practical recommendations on ways to avoid infection

Government News

Masters leaving F.S.I.S., Goldman to acting administrator (1/9/2007)

WASHINGTON — Dr. Barbara Masters will step down as administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service on Jan. 19 to become senior policy analyst for the Washington-based law firm of Olsson Frank and Weeda, according to Dr. Richard Raymond, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for food safety.

U.S. to allow cloned meat in food supply (1/2/2007)

UNITED STATES: The Food and Drug Administration says meat and milk products from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat.

Exclusive: Masters says HACCP top achievement (1/22/2007)

UNITED STATES: Former FSIS administrator, Barbara Masters, tells MeatNews her involvement with HACCP was her greatest accomplishment at FSIS.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride’s marketing healthy kids products (1/22/2007)

UNITED STATES: Pilgrim's Pride says its EatWellStayHealthy Kids chicken products will be available in 3,000+ stores by the end of February.

Pilgrim's Pride Wins Gold Kist Shares (1/2/2007)

PITTSBURG, Texas — Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Thursday that it received 88.9 percent of shares in Gold Kist Inc. with its $1.1 billion tender offer and expects to complete the acquisition of its rival in early January.

Poultry farms feeling pinched (1/2/2007)

LUDLOW — Deep in rural Scott County, where rusted farm equipment and muddied pickup trucks sit among bales of hay, aging farmers fear their livelihood is at stake

Tyson gives incentive to record breakers (1/26/2007)

UNITED STATES: Tyson Foods says it will give anyone who breaks a world record at the Tyson Invitational $50,000.

NO TYSON BONUSES THIS YEAR (1/2/2007)

UNITED STATES: Tyson Foods says because of poor performance this year no one, including senior executives, will get year-end bonuses.

Pilgrim's Pride acquires Gold Kist (1/10/2007)

UNITED STATES: Pilgrim’s Pride says integration efforts are underway now that it has acquired Gold Kist, forming the largest chicken company in the U.S.

Other Organizations' News

Antibiotics are Used Safely and Responsibly in the Broiler Industry (1/12/2007)

The authors of the Johns Hopkins paper took average performance data from one company and applied what they believed to be average industry costs and are trying to apply it to every flock in the United States, which is not a valid analysis. Sometimes the average will apply and often it won’t. Health care for animals depends largely on local conditions, a fact that was noted in the original paper cited by the authors of the new paper.

NTF Promotes Three Staff Members (1/12/2007)

National Turkey Federation (NTF) President Joel Brandenberger announced the promotion of three NTF staff members: Sherrie Rosenblatt to vice president of marketing and communications; Michael Rybolt to director of scientific and regulatory affairs; and Brie Wilson to director of member and convention services.

WATT launches new poultry website (1/16/2007)

UNITED STATES: WATT has launched a new website for the world’s commercial poultry industries.

CHICKEN INDUSTRY ISSUES WARNING ON PRICE IMPACT OF GREATER DEMAND FOR ETHANOL (1/26/2007)

The vast increase in the use of renewable and alternative fuels urged by President Bush could have the unintended effect of pushing up the cost of poultry and other foods of animal origin, according to the National Chicken Council.

U.S. Poultry names new VP (1/24/2007)

The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association has named a new Vice President of Food Safety and Production Programs.

American Poultry Hall of Fame Adds Five Industry Leaders (1/4/2007)

The American Poultry Historical Society will honor five outstanding individuals by inducting them into the American Poultry Hall of Fame. Donald D. Bell, Nelson A. Cox, James H. Denton, Robert H. Harms, and Richard L. Witter will be inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, at the International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo in Atlanta, Ga. The ceremony is open to all IPE and IFE attendees.

Childers named Poultry Federation president (1/5/2007)

LITTLE ROCK - Term-limited state Rep. Marvin Childers, R-Blytheville, was named Tuesday as president of the Arkansas Poultry Federation.

Poultry News

Entrepreneurs look to use chicken fat for fuel (1/4/2007)

DEXTER, Mo. - Jerry Bagby is typical of the oil men who are prospecting for a fortune in the Midwestern biofuels boom. He's convinced there's oil in these hills - and he's found a well that no one else is using.

Atlanta poultry show starts with science (1/24/2007)

As a prelude to the International Poultry Expo (IPE), the annual International Poultry Scientific Forum started yesterday, January 22. Attendance was expected to be up to the usual level of around 700.

Poultry Expo underway (1/25/2007)

ATLANTA - The 2007 International Poultry Expo is underway in Atlanta.

NOVEMBER 2006 EGG INDUSTRY STATISTICS PDF(1/19/2007)

Summary of Flock Size and Egg Price Projections for 2007 PDF(1/19/2007)

SUMMARY OF ESTIMATED REGIONAL EGG PRODUCTION COSTS - 2006 PDF(1/19/2007)

Brazil reports stable broiler production (1/19/2007)

BRAZIL: The Brazilian Broiler Chick Producer’s Association says broiler production remained virtually unchanged last year.

Researchers find way to cut back poultry manure odor (1/22/2007)

Researchers at Iowa State University have uncovered another way to cover up the smell of animal manure. Jacek Koziel conducted the study on poultry manure using a product called zeolite. He says zeolite is an inexpensive clay-like material that can be mined and has a lot of surface are so it can store a lot of odorous gases. Koziel is an assistant professor in Iowa State's agricultural and biosystems engineering department.

Turkey less popular this year in Brazil (1/2/2007)

BRAZIL: More and more Brazilians are reportedly choosing pumped up chester over turkey this holiday season.

DEFRA and SAC develop poultry red mite vaccine (1/2/2007)

Extensive experience gained researching sheep scab mites has opened up a major new avenue for researching poultry red mite, according to Dr John Huntley, of Edinburgh’s Moredun Research Institute.

December 2006   (Back to Top)

Avian Influenza News

Influenza fact sheet - Symptoms, Protection and what to do (12/1/2006)

Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.

Flu viruses survive frozen in lakes, study finds (12/1/2006)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influenza virus can live for decades and perhaps even longer in frozen lakes and might be picked up and carried by birds to reinfect animals and people, researchers reported on Tuesday.

Virginia officials monitor waterfowl for avian flu (12/1/2006)

In a nationwide effort to monitor a dangerous strain of avian flu, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is collecting waterfowl samples. It's a smart call by wildlife officials who want to stay on top of something like the highly pathogenic Asian strain of H5N1 avian influenza.

Bird flu fight needs more cash - World Bank (12/4/2006)

DAKAR, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Compensating poultry farmers fast and fairly is central to a global fight against bird flu that is projected to cost an extra $1.2-1.5 billion over the next 2-3 years, international experts said on Monday.

New Research Predicts U.S. Entry of H5N1 Avian Influenza (12/6/2006)

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Scientists at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo report H5N1 avian influenza is most likely to be introduced to countries in the Western Hemisphere through infected poultry trade.

Egg-injected vaccine would protect birds from A.I. (12/7/2006)

AUBURN, ALA. — An egg-injected vaccine has been developed to protect poultry against avian influenza. Harold Toro, an Auburn University veterinary professor, in collaboration with researchers at Vaxin Inc., Birmingham, Ala., has developed the first "in ovo," or egg-injected, vaccine to fight against A.I. He said the vaccine would provide 100% protection once an outbreak’s strain is determined. Mr. Toro’s research is being published in the scientific journal, Vaccine

No bird flu outbreak in 12 months but Vietnam taking no chances (12/13/2006)

No new bird flu outbreak has been reported in Vietnam since December 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced.

AI REMAINS A GLOBAL THREAT (12/15/2006)

ITALY/MALI: Disease experts say Africa is vulnerable to the virus which might spark a pandemic in humans.

U.S. Poultry experts ready for bird flu (12/14/2006)

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AFX) - The dreaded avian influenza outbreak has yet to strike the U.S., but here in one of the nation's leading poultry producing regions they talk as if it already has.

Fact Sheet: Implementation of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Six-Month Status Report (12/19/2006)

Today, Frances Fragos Townsend, The Assistant To The President For Homeland Security And Counterterrorism, Summarized Progress The U.S. Government Has Made Implementing The Actions In The National Strategy For Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan. The National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza was released by the President on November 1, 2005, on the same day that the President requested $7.1 billion from Congress to accomplish the objectives of the Strategy. The Implementation Plan was released on May 3, 2006, and directed Federal Departments and Agencies to undertake over 300 actions in support of the National Strategy.

UMd tests cell-cultured bird flu vaccine (12/20/2006)

A bird flu vaccine cultured in laboratory-grown cells and not chicken eggs like traditional vaccines is being tested at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

New poultry regulations exclude backyard, hobby flocks (12/26/2006)

RICHMOND—While new regulations governing all aspects of the live bird marketing system in Virginia went into effect this fall, owners of backyard and hobby flocks are exempt.

Government News

BROILER NUMBERS CONTINUE TO SHRINK (12/21/2006)

UNITED STATES: Chicken companies set fewer broiler eggs in incubators and placed fewer chicks on farms.

FDA Reminds Consumers to Practice Egg Safety this Holiday Season (12/20/2006)

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds consumers to pay special attention to the handling of eggs and preparation of foods that contain eggs during this holiday season. Some holiday favorites, such as cookie dough, homemade eggnog, and some types of stuffing, may contain eggs that are raw or undercooked. Eggs sometimes contain a bacteria called Salmonella enteriditis (SE), which can cause illness if eggs are not handled and cooked properly. An FDA national survey of consumer food safety practices, the 2006 FDA/FSIS Food Safety Survey, found that cookie dough is one of the major sources of raw egg in the American diet, and that only three percent of respondents always use a food thermometer when they cook baked egg dishes such as stuffing.

Cool-Water Wash for Eggs Can Help Prevent Microbial Contamination (12/19/2006)

Using cooler water to wash shell eggs during a second washing can help cool them quicker. This reduces the potential of foodborne pathogen growth both inside the eggs and on the eggshell surface, according to scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

ARS patents new anti-E. coli and salmonella feed additive (free registration required)(12/11/2006)

USDA's Agricultural Research Service has patented a new chlorate-based compound that when added in small amounts to cattle feed two days before slaughter significantly reduces levels of salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 in the animals' digestive tract.

FSIS to Hold a Public Meeting to Help Define 'Natural' Label (12/4/2006)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a public meeting to discuss a petition to establish a definition for the voluntary claim "natural" and to gather comments on conditions under which the claim should be allowed to be used on the labels of meat and poultry products.

Mushrooms Have a Future in Fighting a Fowl Parasite (12/8/2006)

Wide use of a mushroom extract to protect poultry against a major parasitic disease is now closer, thanks to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and her South Korean colleagues.

Using Comparative Genomics to Manage Marek's Disease (12/6/2006)

The genetic code for a virulent strain of Marek's disease virus was cracked a few years ago. Now, to determine how best to cripple it and other infectious strains, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are working to decipher the genomes of several nonvirulent Marek's disease (MDV) vaccine strains.

CHICKEN SLAUGHTER JUMPS (12/4/2006)

UNITED STATES: USDA says poultry processors output five percent more ready-to-cook chicken in October than they did one year earlier.

USDA to review 'natural' claims for meat, poultry (12/7/2006)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is set to implement new rules on the definition of the term ‘natural’, after receiving a petition stating that the claim on meat and poultry products is misleading to consumers.

U.S. International Avian and Pandemic Influenza Assistance Tops $434 Million (12/13/2006)

The United States announced today an increase of $100 million in international assistance to address the threat of avian and pandemic influenza since January 2006. The announcement came at an international conference in Bamako co-sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Mali, the European Commission and the African Union.

POULTRY IMPROVEMENT PLAN MEETING (12/26/2006)

UNITED STATES: A meeting has been scheduled on the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

USDA ADDRESSES RISK BASED INSPECTION (12/26/2006)

UNITED STATES: A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official is speaking about Risk Based Inspection of Meat and Poultry Products.

Industry News

NEW POULTRY GIANT ANNOUNCED (12/6/2006)

UNITED STATES: Pilgrim’s Pride and Gold Kist have announced a merger that will form the largest poultry company in the U.S.

Brazil agrees on poultry quotas (12/13/2006)

New quotas for imports of poultry from Brazil have been agreed with the EU.

Foster Farms unveils new 'Imposters' Web sites (free registration required)(12/20/2006)

The Foster Imposters, the junk food-eating chickens who have been impersonating Foster Farms birds in ads for the Livingston, Calif.-based poultry processor since 1993, now have two new homes on the Web.

Pilgrim's Pride gives $25,000 to education (12/26/2006)

Christmas came early for Kennesaw State University's Clarice C. and Leland H. Bagwell College of Education. In its effort to support education throughout the Southeast, Pilgrim's Pride Corp., the second-largest poultry producer in the country, donated $25,000 to the college, as a result of the 2006 Bagwell Ball fundraiser held in October.

Poultry farm to run on solar power (12/26/2006)

Alan Family Foods in Laurel, Delaware, USA, is to build a photovoltaic system to power its growout poultry house. The system is supplied by WorldWater & Power Corp, involving a US$500,000 investment.

Pilgrim's Pride: Gold Kist shareholders support takeover bid (free registration required)(12/1/2006)

Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Thursday that most Gold Kist stockholders support the No. 2 processor's attempt to take over its Atlanta-based rival.

Majority of Gold Kist shareholders back Pilgrim's Pride bid (12/1/2006)

PITTSBURG, TEXAS — Pilgrim’s Pride’s hostile bid for Gold Kist Inc. moved a step closer Thursday, as Gold Kist shareholders tendered 34,219,233 shares, or approximately 67%, of the company’s stock.

Gold Kist agrees to $1.1 billion buyout (free registration required)(12/4/2006)

Months after Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. launched a hostile takeover bid for rival chicken processor Gold Kist, the two companies have reached an agreement.

Other Organizations' News

U.S. - Panama Free Trade Agreement "Will Prove Beneficial" for Poultry, NCC Says (12/21/2006)

The National Chicken Council recognizes poultry was a sensitive product during negotiations, making it a challenge to reach a satisfactory agreement. On balance, NCC believes the US-Panama Free Trade Agreement will prove beneficial for poultry exports. Having Panama recognize USDA inspection service and international standards for poultry health as part of the agreement is a very positive development.

MPRP Reasearch Summit & MPC Annual Meeting (12/19/2006)

NTF Chairman Presents President Bush with "Flyer" The National Thanksgiving Turkey (12/8/2006)

President George W. Bush and National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Mike Briggs continued a 59-year-old holiday tradition today when Briggs presented the president with the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a White House Rose Garden ceremony.

Poultry News

Egg Economics Update August 2006 PDF(12/11/2006)

U.S. Farm Egg Production Income, Costs and Profitability - 2001 to 2006

SEPTEMBER 2006 EGG INDUSTRY STATISTICS "LATEST" AVAILABLE PDF(12/11/2006)

Ethanol production to have further impact on poultry industry (12/7/2006)

The poultry industry may feel further impact from increased production of ethanol next year, particularly in the US, as more corn is diverted away from feed production.

Bacteria found in 83% of chickens (12/6/2006)

Cook your chicken to 165 degrees and wash up with soap and hot water afterward. That's the take-home message of a report released Monday by Consumer Reports. It found that 83% of 525 chickens it tested were infected with either campylobacter or salmonella bacteria or both.

Poultry bacteria study is inaccurate: USDA (12/6/2006)

A study by Consumer Reports in the US indicates that eighty-three percent of chicken sold in US grocery stores may contain bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, says the study was flawed.

Fresh Chicken Is Safe and Healthful, Notwithstanding "Consumer Reports" (12/6/2006)

Fresh chicken is a healthful and natural food that is safe to eat when handled and prepared according to simple, common-sense procedures printed on the wrapping of every package of fresh poultry and meat sold in the United States. Consumer Reports says what every cook already knows, that fresh poultry may carry naturally occurring bacteria and should be properly handled and cooked. The Consumer Reports story, as far as we know, contains nothing new and should not be cause for alarm to anyone.

First solar-powered poultry house set for 2007 (12/20/2006)

Dec. 18, 2006--A first-of-its-kind solar-powered poultry house will soon begin operations at a Laurel farm owned by Allen Family Foods Inc. The house is part of a research project to evaluate the use of solar power as an economical source of energy for poultry houses.

RISE IN CAMPYLOBACTER CASES (12/18/2006)

EUROPE: Campylobacteriosis overtakes salmonellosis as the most reported animal infection transmitted to humans in the EU.

Poultry manure makes better fertilizer than cow dung (12/13/2006)

Dried poultry manure is two to three times as rich as cow manure in inorganic fertilizer content.

UK POULTRY REGISTER SUCCESSFUL (12/26/2006)

UNITED KINGDOM: One year on, more than 250 million poultry appear on the GB Poultry Register.

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Avian Influenza News

Scientists find mutations that let bird flu adapt to humans (11/17/2006)

By comparing influenza viruses found in birds with those of the avian virus that have also infected human hosts, researchers have identified key genetic changes required for pandemic strains of bird flu.

OSHA updates guidance on avian flu (11/17/2006)

Nov 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.

Gene chip test identifies bird flu strains (11/17/2006)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new "gene chip" test can quickly and cheaply identify different influenza strains, allowing doctors to easily tell who has H5N1 avian influenza and who has everyday flu, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

WHO tells bird flu scientists to stop squabbling (11/13/2006)

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has urged Chinese and foreign scientists to stop squabbling and share information to figure out how to combat a new H5N1 bird flu virus strain that is spreading unchecked in poultry flocks.

Foam OKd to kill bird flu-infected fowl (free registration required)(11/13/2006)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The government has approved the use of firefighting foam to kill chickens quickly if there is an outbreak of deadly bird flu in commercial poultry.

U.N. Official Sees Bird Flu as Threat for Next Decade (11/3/2006)

Bird flu is likely to remain a health threat to animals, and possibly humans, for the next decade, the U.N. coordinator for avian influenza says.

USDA Downplays Significance Of Low-Pathogenic Bird Flu (11/3/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will, as of this week, stop issuing press releases on the discoveries of low-pathogenic bird flu, but will continue to compile findings and data from its surveillance program on government Internet sites.

No avian flu found in tests of Ohio birds (11/3/2006)

Tests conducted by two federal agencies have confirmed that no avian influenza virus was found in samples collected from wild ducks in Ohio several weeks ago.

Fears of Pandemic Flu makes Americans Ready for Change (11/3/2006)

Most Americans are ready to make major changes in their lives and cooperate with public health officials' recommendations when faced with serious outbreak of pandemic flu according to the latest national survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Project on the Public and Biological Security

USDA Changing AI Announcements (11/3/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Interior (DOI) to post low path AI findings online.

Susceptibility of North American Ducks and Gulls to H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses (11/3/2006)

Since 2002, H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses have been associated with deaths in numerous wild avian species throughout Eurasia. We assessed the clinical response and extent and duration of viral shedding in 5 species of North American ducks and laughing gulls (Larus atricilla) after intranasal challenge with 2 Asian H5N1 HPAI viruses. Birds were challenged at ~10 to 16 weeks of age, consistent with temporal peaks in virus prevalence and fall migration. All species were infected, but only wood ducks (Aix sponsa) and laughing gulls exhibited illness or died. Viral titers were higher in oropharyngeal swabs than in cloacal swabs. Duration of viral shedding (1-10 days) increased with severity of clinical disease. Both the hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) and agar gel precipitin (AGP) tests were able to detect postinoculation antibodies in surviving wood ducks and laughing gulls; the HI test was more sensitive than the AGP in the remaining 4 species.

New strain of Avian Flu discovered (11/3/2006)

Scientists in Asia have discovered a new strain of the disease - H5N1 avian influenza, to give it its scientific description - which has spread from birds to people and suggests that a third wave of avian flu could be on its way.

Human Bird Flu Deaths in 2006 Match Previous Two Years Combined (11/3/2006)

Bird flu killed a 39-year-old woman in Egypt, pushing the number of fatalities worldwide this year to 74, as many as reported in the previous two years combined.

Genetic disposition suspected for human bird flu--WHO (11/3/2006)

Scientists suspect some people have a "genetic disposition" for infection with bird flu, which may explain why some get it and others don't, and why it remains relatively rare, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

Bird flu spread tied to outdated farming (11/3/2006)

IMPROPER poultry raising and sales techniques - rather than the flights of migratory birds - play the most important role in the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, United Nations officials said yesterday at a conference in eastern China.

Avian Influenza's Impact on International Trade Is Subject of New CAST Commentary. Avian Influenza: Trade Issues PDF(11/3/2006)

Although much of the concern about a pandemic outbreak of high-pathogenic avian influenza centers on human health, the potential impacts on the international poultry trade are significant.  To bring these trade concerns into sharper focus, CAST has prepared a new Commentary.

Avian Influenza Is Topic of Newest CAST Commentary Avian Influenza: Human Pandemic Concerns (11/3/2006)

In response to heightened concern about the possibility of a human pandemic resulting from avian influenza, CAST has prepared a new Commentary on the subject. In Avian Influenza: Human Pandemic Concerns a task force of subject experts addresses the current situation, evaluates the structure and function of avian influenza viruses, outlines pandemic risk assesment, and provides references for further information.

Government News

Less Corn for Meat Production (11/13/2006)

UNITED STATES: USDA estimates that the 2006 corn crop will be three percent less than last year but there will be five percent more soybeans.

U.S. Chicken Numbers Slide (11/13/2006)

UNITED STATES: USDA reports a modest three percent decrease in the number of meat-type chicken eggs set in commercial incubators.

U.S. Chicken-Meat Potential Continues Slide (11/3/2006)

USDA reports that the number of broiler eggs set in commercial incubators decreased two percent last week.

Surveillance Instructions Reissued (11/3/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has reissued its food surveillance procedures.

Poultry trade predictions for 2007 (11/3/2006)

The US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service has prepared a report that provides an overview of global poultry trade predictions for 2007.

USDA Helps Americans Be Food Safe This Thanksgiving (11/17/2006)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is providing consumers with key recommendations they can use to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Coming Soon: More Turkeys (11/17/2006)

UNITED STATES: USDA reports a nine percent increase in the number of turkey eggs set in commercial incubators in October.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride still wants Gold Kist (free registration required)(11/17/2006)

Pilgrim's Pride said Tuesday it is committed to continuing its efforts to acquire rival chicken processor Gold Kist.

Pilgrim's Pride marks 60th anniversary (free registration required)(11/17/2006)

DULUTH, GA. – Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is celebrating its 60th year of supplying farm-raised poultry. Pilgrim's Pride serves the restaurant industry through its Pilgrim's Pride Foodservice division, which is the second-largest poultry provider in the business.

News from the American Egg Board PDF(11/17/2006)

Ivy to lead American Egg Board as New CEO

US Poultry Producers Support Russian WTO Agreement (11/13/2006)

US - The National Chicken Council and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council are pleased and supportive that the United States and Russia have reached an agreement in principle on market access issues so that Russia can move forward toward joining the World Trade Organization.

Tyson Foods wants to turn animal fat into fuel (11/13/2006)

CHICAGO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. meat producer, Tyson Foods Inc. produces 2.3 billion pounds (1 billion kg) of animal fat a year and the company thinks that could be turned into fuel, Tyson officials said on Monday.

Cargill Donating Thanksgiving Turkeys (11/13/2006)

UNITED STATES: Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation donating turkeys to Ronald McDonald Houses for Thanksgiving.

News from American Egg Board PDF(11/13/2006)

Eggs a star in restaurant publication.

Drought Impacts Australian Poultry Industry (11/3/2006)

The Australian Chicken Meat Federation says an ongoing drought in rural Australia is having a severe impact on the chicken meat industry.

Deal Over Poultry Imports (11/3/2006)

EU and Brazil agree on a new EU poultry meat import regime.

Perdue Farms receives national award for health and wellness program (11/3/2006)

Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this past week recognized Perdue Farms, Inc. for successfully implementing a creative health and wellness program for employees of its 17 processing facilities.

Chicken Export Concerns (11/3/2006)

Thai chicken processing industry concerned over levels of export quota to the EU.

University News

MSU opens new poultry research, teaching lab (11/17/2006)

Teaching and research capabilities in Mississippi State University's Poultry Science Department have been expanded with the opening of a new poultry processing laboratory.

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Avian Influenza News

Wild Bird Samples from Michigan Undergo Additional Avian Influenza Testing (10/27/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) today announced a detection of H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in a wild Green-winged teal sample from Tuscola County, Mich., that was killed by hunters. Initial tests confirm that this wild bird sample does not contain the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. However, initial test results do indicate the presence of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) virus, which poses no threat to human health.

Indonesia moving on AI: poultry to be caged (10/27/2006)

Indonesia has begun what its government acknowledges will be a monumental and difficult task in the fight against bird flu – demanding that poultry in urban areas are caged.

Low pathogenic A.I. found in Ohio birds (10/20/2006)

Low pathogenic avian influenza virus was identified in wild birds killed by a hunter in Ottawa County, Ohio earlier this month. The samples were collected Oct. 8 as part of an expanded wild bird monitoring program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Initial tests confirmed the bird samples did not contain the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.

Bird flu found in pigs in Indonesia's Bali (10/13/2006)

The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday.

Avian Influenza Tests Complete on Wild Northern Pintail Ducks in Montana (10/13/2006)

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced final test results, which confirm that a low pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus was found in samples collected last month from wild Northern pintail ducks in Montana. This type of avian influenza has been detected several times in wild birds in North America and poses no risk to human health.

Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1 (10/13/2006)

Pigs and stray cats have been found infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Indonesia, adding to the few previous reports of such cases, according to news services.

Avian Influenza Briefing Scheduled (10/13/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture have teamed up to update poultry and wild bird stakeholders on avian influenza.

Improved test can detect avian or seasonal flu (10/13/2006)

An updated diagnostic test can simultaneously detect whether someone is suffering from an H5 strain of bird flu or seasonal influenza, its developer said on Tuesday.

U.S. Bird Flu Plans Near "State of the Art": official (10/6/2006)

U.S. preparations against a possible outbreak of the deadly form of the H5N1 avian flu virus are solid, but other countries may not be as ready, a U.S. health safety official warned on Thursday.

Illinois Wild Bird Samples Undergo Additional Avian Influenza Testing (10/6/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) today announced a detection of the H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from wild, migratory Green-winged Teals in Illinois. Initial tests confirm that these wild duck samples do not contain the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. These samples were collected from apparently healthy birds and initial test results indicate the presence of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) virus, which poses no threat to human health.

U.K. Orders AI Vaccine (10/6/2006)

The British government has ordered 10 million doses of avian influenza vaccine as a contingency plan.

China warns of shortfalls in bird flu fight (10/6/2006)

China still faces serious shortcomings in its bird flu prevention preparations and government departments must do better ahead of the autumn season, a vice agriculture minister said on Thursday.

Molecule blocks flu infection, U.S. researchers say (10/6/2006)

A fragment of a human protein that blocks influenza viruses -- including avian flu -- from attaching to and infecting cells holds promise if laboratory experiments are borne out, researchers said on Wednesday.

Government News

U.S. Turkey Production Jumps (10/20/2006)

USDA reports a 12 percent increase in the number of turkey eggs set in U.S. hatcheries.

USDA Proposes Fee Hike for Egg, Poultry Grading (10/13/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a proposal to increase fees for certain grading services for eggs, poultry, and rabbits. The fees and charges need to be changed to cover rising agency costs and salaries of federal and state employees who administer the programs. The agency is required to collect fees from users of these services to cover the costs of services rendered

Salmonella test approved for poultry plants (10/13/2006)

A new rapid test for Salmonella has been approved for use in poultry plants by a department of agriculture committee.

CDC Says Food Supply Safe (10/6/2006)

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) food scientist, Dr. Robert Tauxe, says U.S. food is the safest it has been in the past decade.

U.S. Poultry Trade With Cuba Booming (10/6/2006)

Companies in 37 states exporting food to Cuba despite trade embargo.

Court keeps poultry slaughter case alive (10/6/2006)

In a victory for animal-rights supporters, a U.S. district court ruled on Wednesday that members of the U.S. chapter of the Humane Society can sue the federal government over the way chickens and turkeys are slaughtered.

Broiler Flow Slows (10/6/2006)

USDA reports decreases in the number of broiler eggs set in hatcheries and in the number of chicks placed on farms.

Industry News

MD. Poultry Industry Feels Avian Flu Repercussions as Exports Fall Significantly (10/27/2006)

Incidences of avian flu in far-flung parts of the world have taken a large bite out of Maryland's biggest farm business, poultry production.

National Turkey Federation Names Veteran Lobbyist to Head Organization (10/27/2006)

NTF Chairman Mike Briggs announced the appointment of Joel Brandenberger as the new NTF president, effective Dec. 1.

US chicken industry must confront low prices-trade (10/27/2006)

U.S. chicken producers face a challenge: cut production or watch breast meat prices fall even further than the seven-year lows notched this week in the wholesale markets, analysts said.

Pilgrim's Pride Gets Consents (10/20/2006)

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced this morning that, as of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, it had received the requisite consents from holders of approximately 99% of the aggregate principal amount of the outstanding Notes to the proposed amendments to the Notes and the indenture under which the Notes were issued, in connection with its previously announced tender offer for any and all of Atlanta, Ga.-based Gold Kist Inc.'s outstanding 10-1/4% Senior Notes due March 15, 2014.

An Interview with O.B. Goolsby Jr., CEO of Pilgrim's Pride: "We're waiting [for] the shareholders" (10/20/2006)

The chief executive of Pilgrim's Pride, in Atlanta Monday to meet with Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, won't say if the Texas-based company will raise its bid to acquire Atlanta-based Gold Kist.

Gold Kist Offer Fast Tracked (10/20/2006)

The antitrust waiting period has been terminated for Pilgrim's Pride's attempt to acquire Gold Kist.

Grower Talks About Pilgrim's Pride Offer (10/20/2006)

A Gold Kist grower says he's not worried about the Pilgrim's Pride's attempt to buy Gold Kist.

Russia to lift U.S. poultry import restrictions (10/13/2006)

Russia will lift restrictions on the import of poultry and eggs from the U.S. state of Maryland as of October 12, the Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday.

Poultry processor Amick Farms sold to Illinois firm (10/13/2006)

Poultry processor Amick Farms, one of the Midlands' largest employers, has been sold to an Illinois meat distributor.

Pilgrim's Pride Not Giving Up (10/13/2006)

Pilgrim's Pride is continuing efforts to acquire Gold Kist despite Gold Kist's announcement that it is rejecting the unsolicited offer.

Gold Kist to open Florida plant expansion (free registration required)(10/6/2006)

Atlanta-based chicken processor Gold Kist Inc. will officially open the expansion to its Live Oak, Fla., facility on Nov. 2.

Sanderson Farms Proceeds With New Complex (10/6/2006)

Sanderson Farms says it will move forward with a new $70 million poultry processing plant in Texas.

Experts: Poultry growth continues: Demand expected to level off in 2007 (10/6/2006)

While U.S. consumers are expected to eat more poultry this year than in 2005, the demand is expected to level off in 2007, officials said.

Poultry News

Hickman Named Chairman of National Chicken Council; Welch is Vice Chairman, Roberts Named Secretary-Treasurer (10/20/2006)

Mark Hickman, president and chief executive officer of Peco Foods, Inc., Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was installed today as Chairman of the National Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry. Mike Welch, president and chief executive officer of Harrison Poultry, Bethlehem, Georgia, took office as Vice Chairman, and Michael Roberts, president of the Poultry Group of Perdue Farms, Inc., Salisbury, Maryland, became Secretary-Treasurer.

University News

Environmental Poultry House Opened (10/6/2006)

Maryland University and engineering firm have teamed up for an innovative poultry house.

Gold Kist endowment creates professorship at U.G.A. (10/6/2006)

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Gold Kist Inc. announce the establishment of the Gold Kist Professorship in Poultry Science and Health. This endowed research position is being funded through a bequest from the late founder of Gold Kist, D.W. Brooks. The new professor will conduct research in avian disease and poultry health enhancement.

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Avian Influenza News

Study: Live H5N1 virus vaccines effective (9/29/2006)

U.S. scientists say live, weakened versions of differing strains of avian flu viruses have offered protection when tested in mice and ferrets.

Scientists reveal how H5N1 kills (9/29/2006)

Scientists have discovered a potential reason to explain why the H5N1 strain of bird flu is so much more deadly to people than standard human flu.

Joint USDA and DOI News Release: Avian Influenza Tests Complete on Wild Mallard Ducks in Pennsylvania (9/29/2006)

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced final test results, which confirm that low pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus was found in samples collected last month from wild mallard ducks in Pennsylvania. This subtype has been detected several times in wild birds in North America and poses no risk to human health.

Joint USDA and DOI Release: Montana Wild Bird Samples Undergo Additional Avian Influenza Testing (9/29/2006)

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced a detection of the H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from wild Northern pintail ducks in Montana. Initial tests confirm that these samples do not contain the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. These samples were collected from apparently healthy ducks and initial test results indicate the presence of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) virus, which poses no threat to human health.

UK flu data system launched (9/29/2006)

The largest flu monitoring system in Europe was launched by the Health Protection Agency at its annual conference last week.

WHO takes bird flu as top health danger (9/29/2006)

Avian influenza remains the No. 1 danger for global public health, said Richard Nesbit, World Health Organization's Acting Regional Director for the Western Pacific, on Friday.

Swiss measures aim to protect flocks from bird flu (9/29/2006)

Switzerland on Friday announced "targeted" preventive measures to protect its poultry against bird flu carried by migratory birds heading south to Africa.

UK ministry orders bird flu vaccine for poultry (9/29/2006)

Britain's farm ministry said on Friday it had ordered 10 million doses of vaccine to protect poultry against bird flu, from Akzo Nobel unit Intervet.

Scientists uncover why Spanish flu was so deadly (9/29/2006)

The 1918 Spanish flu that killed up to 50 million people worldwide caused a severe immune response which may help to explain why it was so deadly, American scientists said on Wednesday.

U.S. tests Montana ducks for avian influenza strain (9/29/2006)

Federal laboratories will do more tests to determine the avian influenza strain found in some wild ducks in Montana but it does not appear to be the contagious strain feared worldwide, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

World Bank: Bird Flu Could Cost $2 Trillion (9/21/2006)

A severe bird flu pandemic among humans could cost the global economy up to $2 trillion, the World Bank said on Sunday, sharply raising earlier estimates.

Pacific nations urged to improve birdflu plans (9/21/2006)

The World Health Organization (WHO) urged small Pacific islands nations on Tuesday to do more to prepare emergency plans for a possible birdflu outbreak and human influenza pandemic, warning no nation could be immune.

Avian Influenza Tests Complete on Maryland Resident Wild Mallard Ducks (9/15/2006)

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced final test results, which confirm that an H5N1 avian influenza virus detected in fecal samples collected last month from resident wild mallard ducks in Maryland is a low pathogenic subtype. This strain has been detected several times in wild birds in North America and poses no threat to human health.

Flu Viruses Hitch Rides on Jetliners (9/15/2006)

The sharp drop in air travel after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 slowed the spread of the 2001-2002 seasonal flu and delayed its peak by almost two weeks, according to researchers here.

Commission gives green light for veterinary vaccines against avian flu (9/15/2006)

The European Commission has given Community-wide authorization to two avian influenza vaccines. This should ensure that effective vaccines are available for use throughout the EU during the autumn/winter, which is the period of greatest risk of a bird flu epidemic. There are no outbreaks of avian influenza in domestic or wild birds in the EU at the moment, but the risk of the disease will increase in the coming weeks as the autumn migration period begins. Both of the vaccines which have been approved reduce mortality and virus excretion in vaccinated chickens exposed to infection. The two vaccines concerned, Nobilis Influenza H5N2[1] and Poulvac FluFend H5N3 RG[2], are inactivated, adjuvanted avian influenza vaccines for administration by injection. Nobilis Influenza H5N2 is for use in chickens and Poulvac FluFend H5N3 RG is for use in both chickens and Pekin ducks.

Improved test can detect avian or seasonal flu (9/15/2006)

An updated diagnostic test can simultaneously detect whether someone is suffering from an H5 strain of bird flu or seasonal influenza, its developer said on Tuesday.

Russia bans poultry imports from two US states over avian flu (9/15/2006)

Russia banned as of Friday all poultry meat and products, eggs and live bird imports from the U.S. states of Maryland and Pennsylvania due to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu, Russia's Agriculture Ministry said Monday

Low Pathogen Bird Flu found in Wild Ducks in Maryland (9/8/2006)

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior has announced that the presence of the H5N1 avian influenza subtype has been detected in fecal samples from wild birds in Maryland.

Low-risk H5N1 bird flu found in Pennsylvania ducks (9/8/2006)

Mallard ducks in Pennsylvania have tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the U.S. Agriculture and Interior departments said on Saturday, adding to cases detected recently in Maryland and Michigan.

Bird Flu's Spread Tracked With Satellite-Linked Swans (9/8/2006)

Swans fitted with the same global positioning system satellite transmitters used to navigate cars may help scientists better understand the role wild birds play in the spread of avian influenza

AI-Prevention program upgraded (9/8/2006)

A new sampling campaign is to start in Africa this month in a bid to check the progress of potential avian influenza outbreaks across the continent. The move follows concerns that the disease could spread across Africa through migratory birds and also through illegal trade circuits.

100 million doses of flu vaccine this year, U.S. says (9/8/2006)

More than 100 million doses of influenza vaccine, the largest number ever shipped, will be available for the U.S. market this flu season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

Avian influenza tests complete on Michigan mute swans (9/1/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced final test results, which confirm that an H5N1 avian influenza virus detected in samples collected earlier this month from two Michigan wild mute swans is a low pathogenic subtype. This strain has been detected several times in wild birds in North America and poses no threat to human health.

New global group launches bird flu data sharing campaign (free registration required)(9/1/2006)

A group of 70 scientists and health experts last week formed a group to share genetic data on avian influenza infections in hopes of better tracking mutations.

Avian Flu Detection Information On Wild Birds Available (9/1/2006)

Scientists are now using the newly developed database and Web application called HEDDS (HPAI Early Detection Data System) to share information on sample collection sites, bird species sampled, and test results.

Quicker avian flu diagnosis developed (9/1/2006)

U.S. scientists report developing a microchip that cuts the time needed for a detailed diagnosis of avian flu from a week or more to fewer than 12 hours.

Education News

Bernie Wentworth Will Receive CALS Distinguished Service Award (9/21/2006)

Although avian physiologist Bernie Wentworth retired from the UW-Madison College of Agricultural Sciences in 2005, the legacy of his research and instructional programs will guide his department for years to come. In recognition of his 35 years of distinguished research, teaching, administrative service and outreach, the College is honoring Wentworth with its Distinguished Service Award.

Fall Fashion Guide: The Chicken Feather Suit (9/21/2006)

Chicken feathers and rice straw could become commonplace in clothing in the future, scientists report.

Egg News

Scientists hatch plans for eggs with harder shells (9/8/2006)

Scientists have finally cracked one of the culinary world's greatest conundrums — how to get eggs from the chicken coop to the kitchen table in one piece.

Government News

USDA Expands The National Poultry Improvement Program (9/29/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an interim rule that expands the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), a voluntary cooperative federal, state and industry program designed to prevent the spread of poultry diseases in commercial poultry operations. The expansion of the program is in harmony with international animal health guidelines.

Animal Products Markets in 2005 and Forecast for 2006 (9/15/2006)

Uncertainty continues to shape the forecasts for animal products markets in 2006. Potential and actual animal disease outbreaks, consumer sensitivities, volatile exchange rates, and growing competition from producers in other countries cloud U.S. trade prospects for major meats. Loss of U.S. trade market share, partly caused by disease outbreaks and related trade restrictions that have affected animal product exports since 2003, compounds the problem. The outlook for U.S. meat, poultry, and dairy markets in 2006 depends on how well domestic production adjusts to changes in input costs, the effect of exchange rates on trade, the continuing effects of disease and trade restrictions on exports, and the increasing competitiveness of emerging animal products exporters.

Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride launching hostile bid for Gold Kist (free registration required)(9/29/2006)

Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp. is initiating a $1 billion hostile takeover offer for Atlanta-based Gold Kist Inc.

Gold Kist Responds to Pilgrim's Pride Offer (9/29/2006)

Gold Kist issued a statement late yesterday responding to Pilgrim's Pride's latest attempt at a hostile takeover. The Atlanta, Ga.-based Gold Kist says it has requested that stockholders take no action at this time.

Pilgrim's makes $1 bln hostile bid for Gold Kist (9/29/2006)

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said on Thursday it would launch a hostile $1 billion takeover offer for poultry producer Gold Kist Inc. after failing to agree on a deal with Gold Kist's management.

Global Uncertainty In Animal Markets Clouds US Trade Prospects (9/21/2006)

Potential and actual animal disease outbreaks, consumer sensitivities, volatile exchange rates, and growing competition from producers in other countries cloud U.S. trade prospects for major meats. Loss of U.S. trade market share, partly caused by disease outbreaks and related trade restrictions that have affected animal product exports since 2003, compounds the problem.

Chicken Prices in India Reach All Time Low (9/21/2006)

The price of a dressed chicken has touched an all-time low as it is quoted at Rs 38 a kg in the retail market. In the wholesale it was between Rs 32 and Rs 35 a kg. Interestingly, the minimum price of ladoos in the region is Rs 45 per kg.

Perdue partners with EPA on water-protection program (free registration required)(9/21/2006)

Salisbury, Md.-based poultry processor Perdue Farms and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement Wednesday that will set up a program to minimize the environmental impact that poultry farms have on the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays around the Delmarva peninsula.

Gold Kist introduces new antibiotic-free, air-chilled chicken products (free registration required)(9/21/2006)

In response to the natural protein trend, Atlanta-based chicken processor Gold Kist Inc. unveiled a new line of chicken products raised without antibiotics.

John Tyson recognized for corporate citizenship (free registration required)(9/21/2006)

Officials with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution will honor John Tyson, chairman of Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods, Inc., with its Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship at a benefit dinner this evening.

Russia bans poultry imports from three U.S. plants (free registration required)(9/21/2006)

The Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has banned imports of poultry meat from three U.S. plants, the Agriculture Ministry said in a release.

E.U. Tightens Food Safety (9/21/2006)

The European Commission has adopted a program that will provide better training for food-safety officials in order to make food safer

Gold Kist gets high-powered help for possible proxy battle (free registration required)(9/15/2006)

Atlanta-based poultry processor Gold Kist has retained Gleacher Partners, a powerful Wall Street firm with poultry expertise and Atlanta connections, to help it prepare for a possible proxy battle with Pilgrim's Pride, the Pittsburg, Texas-based processor trying to acquire it.

Tyson Plant Reaches Safety Milestone (9/15/2006)

The Tyson Foods-owned River Valley Animal Foods (RVAF) plant in Robards, Kentucky, has operated five years -- one million man-hours -- without an accident resulting in a lost day from work. The plant, which converts poultry byproducts into ingredients for pet food, is the first byproduct rendering facility to ever achieve such a safety record within Tyson Foods.

Poultry war threat to pecking order of US food producers (9/8/2006)

Pilgrim's Pride, the second-largest US poultry producer, made a $1.02bn hostile bid last week for Gold Kist, the third-largest producer, in a move that could have developed into a game of chicken.

U.S. Broiler expansion continues (9/8/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) reports that one percent more broiler eggs were set in U.S. hatcheries and two percent more broiler chicks were placed on U.S. farms in the19-state broiler-producing region during the week ending September 2, 2006

Tyson reveals "Thrive not just survive" strategy (9/8/2006)

Meat-processing giant Tyson's Foods, Springdale, Ark., will sell more of its products through distribution channels, Tyson's chief executive officer Richard Bond told attendees yesterday at the Prudential Equity Group's Annual Back-to-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Mass.

U.S. Poultry Output Higher (9/1/2006)

U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported U.S. processors produced 3.36 billion pounds of ready-to-cook poultry – chicken, turkey, and duck – in July – a two percent increase compared to the amount output in July 2005. The poultry output for June 2006 was 3.67 billion pounds.

University News

Susan Ranck First Graduate of On-Line Masters Degree Program (9/15/2006)

Susan Ranck of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the first student to complete the On-Line Master of Agriculture degree program in the Texas A&M University Poultry Science Department.

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Avian Influenza News

Scientists propose sharing genetic data on bird flu (8/25/2006)

Leading scientists called on Thursday for the establishment of a global consortium to share genetic data from bird flu cases, deemed vital for tracking mutations and developing a vaccine against a human pandemic.

Avian flu detection information on wild birds available (8/25/2006)

The public can now view a Web site showing current information about wild bird sampling for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the United States: http://wildlifedisease.nbii.gov/ai/.

Interim Guidance for States Conducting Avian Mortality Surveillance for West Nile Virus (WNV) and/or Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus (8/25/2006)

Surveillance of dead birds for WNV has proven useful for the early detection of WNV in the United States. In recent months, it has also proven useful for the early detection of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza A (HPAI H5N1, hereafter referred to as H5N1 virus) in Europe. Given the potential for H5N1 to infect wild birds in North America in the future, the following interim guidance is offered to support the efforts of states conducting avian mortality surveillance.

AVIAN INFLUENZA Low Pathogenic H5N1 vs. Highly Pathogenic H5N1 (8/25/2006)

There are two types of avian influenza (AI) that are identified as H5N1. A difference exists in the virus classification; one is low pathogenic (LPAI) and the other is highly pathogenic (HPAI). Pathogenicity refers to the ability of the virus to produce disease.

Dutch order poultry indoors to prevent bird flu (8/25/2006)

The Dutch Agriculture Ministry ordered farmers on Tuesday to keep their poultry indoors from Sept. 1 to protect flocks from the threat of avian flu from migrating birds.

2 Michigan Swans Seem Infected With Nonlethal Avian Flu Strain (free registration required)(8/18/2006)

Two swans in Michigan appear to have been infected with an avian flu of the A(H5N1) type, government agricultural officials announced yesterday, but the virus is not the same lethal strain that has killed millions of birds and 139 people in Asia and the Middle East.

Michigan Finding No Problem for Commercial Poultry Producers (8/18/2006)

The finding of a low-pathogenic, North American subtype of avian influenza in wild birds in Michigan creates no problems for commercial poultry operations or consumers, according to the National Chicken Council.

Two Sources Blamed for New AI Outbreak (8/18/2006)

Endemic and new subtypes of the avian influenza virus are to blame for the disease's recurrence in Asia, according to a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. Laboratory confirmation points to both the old and new isolates of the virus as sources of recent cases of high-pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in southeast Asia.

Bird flu virus blueprints go public (8/11/2006)

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have placed the genetic blueprints of about 40 H5N1 viruses isolated from human bird flu cases in Indonesia into one public access database.

Feed News

Cocofeed Fed Chickens Now Shipping (8/11/2006)

Tropical Traditions is now shipping its pastured chickens raised outdoors on pasture and Cocofeed. The first chicks were raised by Amish farmers in western Wisconsin in May of this year.

Researchers Investigate Hops for Poultry (8/11/2006)

University of Arkansas poultry scientists Dr. Susan Watkins and Dr. Park Waldroup have reported that hops, an herb used to impart a bitter taste in beer, can be an effective substitute for growth-promoting antibiotics in broilers.

Industry News

Organic Poultry Plant Opens (8/25/2006)

Elite Foods LLC, Marshville, N.C., an organic turkey and chicken company, has opened a state-of-the-art poultry processing plant in Troy, N.C. The 38,000-square-foot plant will produce Alison's Family Farms line of all-natural poultry products.

Gold Kist to review Pilgrim's Pride offer (8/25/2006)

Gold Kist Inc. on Monday said its board will carefully examine the latest takeover bid from Pilgrim's Pride Corp., but was "surprised and disappointed" that Pilgrim's decided to make the unsolicited offer public after six months of quiet talks.

LIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND POULTRY OUTLOOK (8/25/2006)

The August issue of LIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND POULTRY OUTLOOK with forecast tables is now available

Pilgrim's Pride makes bid for Gold Kist (8/21/2006)

More Turkeys in the Pipeline (8/18/2006)

According to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service data, more turkeys will be available to consumers during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

New Zealanders Want Fresh Chicken (8/18/2006)

Sales of fresh chicken remain high despite reports that an unusually large portion of the product is contaminated with bacteria.

Gold Kist Awards Scholarships (8/18/2006)

The Gold Kist Foundation awarded $1,000 college scholarships to 15 children of Gold Kist chicken producers and employees.

Gold Kist swings to loss in third quarter (free registration required)(8/11/2006)

Citing a broiler glut and depressed export prices, Gold Kist Inc. swung to a loss in its fiscal third quarter.

Foster Farms closes Oregon plant (free registration required)(8/11/2006)

Foster Farms will close its Creswell, Ore., plant within the next two months to move its Northwest processing operations to Washington state.

U.S. seeks to ease rules on Canadian pork, poultry (free registration required)(8/11/2006)

California seeks help for poultry producers (8/11/2006)

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised the state's poultry producers that he will seek federal assistance to offset losses in eight San Joaquin Valley counties from the historic heat wave that killed thousands of chickens and turkeys.

Poultry companies dismissed from arsenic lawsuit (free registration required)(8/4/2006)

Six poultry companies were removed from a lawsuit alleging that arsenic use as a feed additive resulted in cancer among individuals in Prairie Grove, Ark. Circuit Judge Kim Smith ruled Wednesday that plaintiffs Michael "Blu" Green and his parents could not illustrate distinct amounts of arsenic exposure. Green suffered leukemia as child. Smith said that the plaintiffs showed no relationship between illnesses and individual companies. Tyson Foods Inc., Simmons Foods, Simmons Poultry Farms, George's Farms, George's Processing and Peterson Farms were dismissed from the case. The maker and distributor of the feed additive, Alpharma and Alpharma Animal Health, will go to trial on Sept. 5 as the remaining defendants.

Other Organizations' News

News from the American Egg Board PDF(8/11/2006)

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Avian Influenza News

Control of Avian Influenza in Poultry (7/31/2006)

Avian influenza, listed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has become a disease of great importance for animal and human health. Several aspects of the disease lack scientific information, which has hampered the management of some recent crises. Millions of animals have died, and concern is growing over the loss of human lives and management of the pandemic potential. On the basis of data generated in recent outbreaks and in light of new OIE regulations and maintenance of animal welfare, we review the available control methods for avian influenza infections in poultry, from stamping out to prevention through emergency and prophylactic vaccination.

Glaxo has bird flu 'breakthrough' (7/31/2006)

UK drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline believes it has developed a vaccine for the H5N1 deadly strain of bird flu that may be capable of being mass produced by 2007.

Lack of coordination hitting bird flu fight – WHO (7/31/2006)

Lack of cooperation between health and farm officials in developing countries is hampering the fight against bird flu, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Wild Birds Can Spread Bird Flu to People (7/31/2006)

Study of Iowa Hunters Shows Wild Birds Can Spread a Non-Threatening Kind of Bird Flu

Government News

USDA OFFERS GUIDE TO HELP AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS PROTECT THE U.S. FOOD SUPPLY (7/31/2006)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released a guide entitled "Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines and Checklist 2006" to help agricultural producers enhance security at the farm level.

University News

Michigan Lab on Path to New Marek's Disease Vaccine (7/31/2006)

Experimental versions of the first genetically engineered Marek's disease vaccine for poultry are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Michigan.

 
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