10 JAN

USDA confirms virulent Newcastle Disease in third commercial chicken flock in California

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed virulent Newcastle disease in a third commercial poultry flock in California.  The latest case is in a commercial layer flock in Riverside County.  This finding is part of an outbreak in southern California that began in May 2018 in backyard exhibition birds.

Virulent Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern.  No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products.  Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.  In very rare instances people working directly with sick birds can become infected. Symptoms are usually very mild, and limited to conjunctivitis and/or influenza-like symptoms. Infection is easily prevented by using standard personal protective equipment.

10 JAN

Cage-free eggs could cost even more with new California law

California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12 in November, but North Bay poultry farmers warn they may not be so enthusiastic when they see what omelets will start costing a year from now.
Prop. 12 brings the specificity on minimum space per calf for veal, breeding pigs and egg-laying poultry that Prop. 2 of 2008 didn’t, and it bans the sale of noncompliant products. Starting in 2020, each calf raised for veal must have 43 square feet of floor space, and hens (chickens and other fowl) would have to be raised with at least 1 square foot (144 square inches) of space. Read more
08 JAN

California Poultry Federation Annual Dues

2019 Annual Dues invoices have been mailed to all current CPF members. This is a friendly reminder to take a minute and process your payment. Thank you to those companies that have remitted their dues. You can request a copy of your invoice by contacting  Sandy Pohl at sandy@cpif.org or 209-576-6355.  As always, thank you for your continued support of California Poultry Federation.

08 JAN

How the Bay Area will eat in 2019: Convenience, CBD and more chicken

January is here, which means it’s time to prognosticate about the new year – and specifically, how we in the Bay Area will be eating over the next 12 months and beyond. We don’t need to look into a crystal ball to see the future. All it takes is a long look at local market shelves – and maybe a little bit of analysis from the pros – to realize what we will be seeing in the coming year.

The number of chicken restaurants in San Francisco seems to have exploded in recent years. With this kind of abundance, it’s easy to believe National Chicken Council stats that chicken is the No. 1 one protein consumed in the U.S., and that Americans consume more chicken than anywhere else in the world (more than 92 pounds per capita in 2017).

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08 JAN

NCC releases white paper on Salmonella performance standards, categories

In 1996, as part of the Pathogen Reduction; Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems; Final Rule, FSIS introduced the Salmonella verification program, which established pathogen reduction performance standards for a variety of FSIS-inspected product classes including whole broiler carcasses. These pathogen reduction performance standards were subsequently used to verify process control in meat and poultry processing establishments.  Read more

07 JAN

Outgoing Michigan governor vetoes cage-free egg bill

In one of his last acts as governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would establish the effective date of requirements that all eggs produced in Michigan come from cage-free laying systems.

The 2009 law that created and phased in new standards for cage-free housing for certain animals would have been effective October 12, 2019. However, Senate Bill 660, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, would change that deadline, requiring cage-free chicken housing to begin Oct. 12, 2025.

The bill, also known as the Animal Industry Act, also would require all eggs sold in Michigan come from cage-free hens in 2025. Additionally, it would extend the deadline for the removal of gestation stalls for sows from October 12, 2019 to April 1, 2020.  Read more

07 JAN

As government shutdown drags on, so do economic worries

Ten days into the partial government shutdown, it’s time to ask a dreaded question: What if this keeps going?

A new congressional session begins Thursday, at which time Democrats become the majority in the House. There’s no indication that progress will be made before then on the political standoff over funding a border wall that President Trump is demanding.

What’s running – and what isn’t – during the shutdown

Nine federal departments and agencies are affected by the shutdown, including Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and the Treasury.

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07 JAN

EPA braces for onslaught of lawsuits in 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is confident that its prospects in federal court are about to change for the better when it comes to fights over regulatory rollbacks.

Federal judges have frequently blocked the EPA’s attempts to implement President Trump’s aggressive deregulatory agenda by delaying or changing major environmental rules.

In the coming year, the EPA is expected to get sued over a slate of finalized repeals or rollbacks, mostly pertaining to Obama-era policies.

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03 JAN

USDA updates available functions during lapse in funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today updated its assessment of how the lapse in federal funding will affect services and programs should the government shutdown remain unresolved beyond December 31, 2018.  Many services will carry on, while others will discontinue on January 1, 2019 because available funds have been expended.

Certain USDA activities would remain active because they are related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property, or are financed through available funding (such as through mandatory appropriations, multi-year discretionary funding, or user fees). During the first week of the shutdown, 62% of employees have been either exempted or excepted from shutdown activities. If the shutdown continues, this percentage would decrease, and activities would be reduced as available funding decreases.

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