13 FEB

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to strengthen the agency’s process for issuing public warnings and notifications of recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking new steps to strengthen and modernize the process for issuing a public warning about a voluntary recall and for notification of recalls.

Most companies collaborate with the FDA to rapidly initiate voluntary recalls and work with their supply chain partners to remove the product from shelves to prevent further distribution. And in general, a recall occurs quickly when the problem is discovered. However, there are situations where the FDA may need to provide safety advice to marketplace to protect consumers. Read more

13 FEB

USDA updates virulent Newcastle disease situation

During the week of Jan. 25-31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed 26 cases of virulent Newcastle disease in California’s Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  APHIS also reported that an additional 84 cases were confirmed between Dec. 21, 2018, and Jan. 24, 2019. These detections occurred during the recent government shutdown, and while APHIS employees were responding to the detections during that time, the weekly update messages and updates to the APHIS website were not completed. The delayed updates include two commercial cases in Riverside County, Cal., and one case in backyard exhibition chickens in Utah County, Utah, which had been announced during the shutdown.  Read more

13 FEB

Worried about their chickens, hundreds crowd Norco meeting on deadly Newcastle disease

About 225 people jammed a Norco meeting hall Tuesday night, Feb. 5, to learn about a disease that has reached the town famous for its country, animal-keeping, lifestyle and poses a serious threat to the community’s chickens.

Since May, virulent Newcastle disease has spread to parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Already, 1 million birds have been euthanized across Southern California, including 900,000 in commercial poultry operations and 100,000 in backyard flocks, said Robyn Corcoran, a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “There is no treatment for this virus,” Corcoran said. “And it is almost 100 percent fatal.”  Read more

13 FEB

2019 Chicken Marketing Summit: Channels, Choices and Challengers

How do channels, choices and challengers influence consumers’ chicken purchasing behavior? Find out at the 2019 edition of Chicken Marketing Summit scheduled for July 21-23 at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina. Early Bird registration is now open.

Consumers have more choices for when, where and how they buy chicken than ever before.  Advances in mobile technology, computing power and connectivity have made home delivery of prepared meals, groceries and meal kits commonplace. The differences between foodservice and retail distribution channels for food have been blurred as convenience and grocery stores offer more made-to-order meals and restaurants have more carry out and home delivery options. There is more choice and competition for each meal occasion.  Read more

13 FEB

USDA confirms additional cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease

During the week of January 25-31, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed 26 cases of virulent Newcastle disease in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, California.  An additional 84 cases were confirmed between December 21, 2018 and January 24, 2019.  These detections occurred during the recent government shutdown and, while there were APHIS employees responding to the detections during that time, the weekly update messages and updates to the APHIS website were not completed.  These updates include two commercial cases in Riverside County, California, which were announced during the shutdown.  They also include one case in backyard exhibition chickens in Utah County, Utah.  Read more

13 FEB

Washington Week Ahead: Trump talks to nation, EPA nominee set to advance

President Donald Trump makes his case to the nation this week for his trade and immigration policies, while Senate Republicans look to advance Anthony Wheeler’s nomination to be administrator of the EPA.

Also this week, House Democrats will launch a series of hearings intended to focus on their policy priorities, including addressing climate change.

Trump’s state of the union message is scheduled for Tuesday night after being delayed by one week because of the government shutdown and his border funding dispute with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.   Read more

01 FEB

Next farmhand in poultry barn could be a robot

A prototype of a robotic assistant for poultry barns locked down funding on Jan. 15 by winning Red Wing Ignite’s Ag Tech Challenge.

Jack Kilian, an electrical engineering major and research assistant at the University of Minnesota, gave the winning pitch for the semi-autonomous robot that would help monitor poultry barns.

The “Poultry Patrol” will be a robot that performs tasks like detecting dead poultry, training birds to lay eggs in specific locations, disinfecting spots of excrement, turning soil and retrieving eggs.  Read more

01 FEB

To manage IBDV, ‘let the bird tell you what to do’

Conventional wisdom dictates that infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) field strains should determine the vaccine strategy.

However, a recent study from Brazil indicates the reverse is also true: The vaccine strategy can influence which IBDV field strains appear – and understanding and monitoring these dynamics are critical to the long-term control of the disease.1

The 4-year study, published in The Journal of Applied Poultry Research, looked at bursal tissue samples from IBDV-positive commercial broiler flocks in Brazil that had been immunized using one of three different IBDV vaccine strategies: a turkey-herpesvirus vectored IBD vaccine, an antigen-antibody complex vaccine or a conventional live vaccine. While half the IBDV-positive samples were compatible with vaccine genotypes (classic IBDV), as expected, the other half were classified as variant or very virulent field strains.  Read more

01 FEB

A new market for the chicken industry: Gen Z mothers

A new generation of chicken consumers has emerged. It’s called Generation Z, and its members are presently between the ages of 2 and 22.

But this generation is not like the one before them, the Millennials. Generation Z – also more simply known as Gen Z — has its own values, its own defining moments, and its own behaviors, according to Maria Bailey, CEO of BSM Media.

BSM Media is a full-service marketing and media firm known for connecting brands with consumers through innovative and organic outreach program, and Bailey has been credited by Ad Age for creating the “mom marketing” niche. Bailey will discuss her views on Generation Z moms and ways the chicken industry can better connect with them at the 2019 Chicken Marketing Summit, to be held July 21-23 at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina.  Read more

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