15 JUN

GAP provides funding for University of Guelph study in support of better chicken welfare initiative

Global Animal Partnership (GAP), creator of North America’s most comprehensive farm animal welfare standards, has provided a grant-in-aid of research to the University of Guelph, Ontario for a two-year research project that will determine and evaluate the parameters necessary for assessing the animal welfare needs of different genetic strains of chicken breeds. Read more

15 JUN

What do 9 recent USDA food recalls have in common? Follow the bread crumbs

Millions of pounds of food have been misbranded and are considered a health risk, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued recalls this week affecting several food companies across the nation.
Spanning nine food brands and dozens of products so far, the USDA cites bread crumbs containing unlabeled milk – an allergen – as the cause of recall. The most notable recalls include nearly 2.5 million pounds of Tyson Foods Inc. breaded chicken products and about 700,000 pounds of Conagra Brands, Inc. (owner of Chef Boyardee pasta products). The eight Tyson products recalled are listed here, and Conagra’s six can be seen here. A list of all current FSIS recalls can be found on the USDA websiteRead more

 

13 JUN

NCC again urges withdrawal of GIPSA Interim Final Rule on competitive injury

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) should withdrawal GIPSA’s interim final rule on competitive injury, the National Chicken Council (NCC) reiterated in comments submitted today to the agency.

USDA announced on April 11 that it was extending the implementation date 180 days for its interim final rule on competitive injury, which was scheduled to go into effect on April 22, with an additional public comment period that closes today.

“With the extension notice, it was clear the administration recognized this is a complicated and controversial issue with deep economic consequences for American poultry and livestock producers,” said NCC President Mike Brown in April.   “The comments filed obviously had an impact, and we thank the department for postponing the effective date to allow for a more thorough and meaningful review.
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13 JUN

Turkey heats up the grill for World Series Of Barbecue

Prize money, reputation and bragging rights are on the line for pitmasters preparing for a new challenge as the 2017 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® introduces the Turkey Smoke auxiliary competition. The Turkey Smoke, presented by National Turkey Federation in partnership with the American Royal Association, marks the first time turkey will be included in the world-famous event.
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13 JUN

Trump Labor Dept. rolls back overtime, joint employer rules

Business and industry groups Wednesday praised two separate moves by the U.S. Labor Department to delay or roll back changes to wage and hour rules made during the Obama administration.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta withdrew guidance on the issue of joint employment. In informal guidance, the Obama administration had strongly insisted that companies and staffing companies they hired, or restaurant-holding companies and franchise operators, were equally and jointly responsible for properly paying employees. The department said it will still continue to enforce all wage and hour laws. Business groups said Acosta’s move would help franchise businesses.
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13 JUN

Thank you again to the CPF Summer Meeting sponsors

Agrecom, Inc.; Alltech; Alpha Inc. + Chore-Time Inc.; Aviagen, Inc.; Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.; Big Dutchman USA; Boehringer Ingelheim;
Cobb-Vantress; Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation; Darling Ingredients Inc.; Devenish Nutrition; Devon Trading/Compass Foods; Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers LLC;
Evonik Industries; Foodmate; Foster Farms; Haley Farms, Inc.;
Hubbard LLC; International Paper;
J.S. West and Companies; Jamesway Incubator Company; Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health North America;
Maple Leaf Farms-West Division; Marel Poultry Processing; Merck Animal Health; Meyn America, LLC; Motomco; Neogen Corporation; New Stockton Poultry; Novus International, Inc;
Petaluma Poultry Processors; Phibro Animal Health; Pitman Family Farms; Purina Animal Nutrition;
Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros, Inc.; Squab Producers of California; Strand Ag Supply;
Valley Fresh Foods, Inc./Rainbow Farms; Veterinary Service, Inc.; Volk Enterprises; Wildenberg Farms, Inc.;
Zacky Farms; Zoetis

08 JUN

Thank you to our Summer Meeting Sponsors

Agrecom, Inc.; Alltech; Alpha Inc. + Chore-Time Inc.; Aviagen, Inc.; Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.; Big Dutchman USA; Boehringer Ingelheim;

Cobb-Vantress; Cryovac/Sealed Air Corporation; Darling Ingredients Inc.; Devenish Nutrition; Devon Trading/Compass Foods; Diamond V; DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers LLC;

Evonik Industries; Foodmate; Foster Farms;

Haley Farms, Inc.; Hubbard LLC; International Paper;

J.S. West and Companies; Jamesway Incubator Company; Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health North America;

Maple Leaf Farms-West Division; Marel Poultry Processing; Merck Animal Health; Meyn America, LLC; Motomco; Neogen Corporation; New Stockton Poultry; Novus International, Inc;

Petaluma Poultry Processors; Phibro Animal Health; Pitman Family Farms; Purina Animal Nutrition; Safe Foods Corporation; Shepard Bros, Inc.; Squab Producers of California; Strand Ag Supply;

Valley Fresh Foods, Inc./Rainbow Farms; Veterinary Service, Inc.; Volk Enterprises;

Wildenberg Farms, Inc.; Zacky Farms; Zoetis  

08 JUN

Are we nearing the end of preventative antibiotics in livestock?

Consumers are getting impatient with restaurants and retailers for dragging their feet on ridding their meat of antibiotics used in humans. In the past four years, a steady stream of well-known restaurant and grocery chains have pledged to get antibiotics out of their meat.
Last month, a group of 30 consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to In-N-Out Burger, a California quick-serve burger chain, requesting that they stop serving beef raised with routine antibiotics. This comes after a similar letter sent last year prompted In-N-Out to state that they are “committed to beef that is not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine.” The chain further pledged to work with their suppliers to find new solutions. But a year later, consumers and environmentalists are still unsatisfied. Read more

 

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