13 JUL

Should we tap the brakes on slow-growth chicken?

Consumers advocating the use of slow-growth chickens mistakenly assume these birds have better welfare conditions, Terrence O’Keefe, editor and content director, Watt AgNet, told Poultry Health Today.

Put another way: “…they make the assumption that current genetics are incapable of producing animals with good welfare. And, I guess to me, that’s just an absurd argument,” he said. O’Keefe pointed to performance in the US broiler industry achieved with modern genetics. There is record live-ability in the field and less use of feed is needed to produce more pounds of meat per bird. Condemnations are at a record low. Read more

13 JUL

Japan and Europe counter Trump with colossal trade deal

Thirty years ago, as Donald Trump gave what is widely considered to be the first campaign speech of his career, he criticized one country above all for cheating the United States in trade: Japan. On Thursday, Japan took on the mantle of the global rules-based trading system, as it sidestepped a failing trade agreement with the United States to forge a historic new pact with the European Union.

Leaders from Japan and the European Union on Thursday announced their agreement on the broad strokes of a trade deal that will cover nearly 30 percent of the global economy, 10 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of global trade.  Read more

13 JUL

FSIS notice addresses woody breast, white striping

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice instructing inspection personnel on how to identify and verify that poultry establishments are removing tissues that may be associated with woody breast and white striping conditions.

Signs of inflammation that may accompany the muscle abnormalities include swollen breast tissues; scattered, pinpoint blood spots or patches (hemorrhages) of varying severity on surface of muscles, especially at the top or shoulder end of the breast fillet; and thick, gelatinous, often blood-stained fluid and presence of deteriorated muscle tissue, FSIS said.  Read more

13 JUL

US Labor Department’s OSHA proposes to delay compliance date for electronically submitting injury, illness reports

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.

The agency published the final rule on May 12, 2016, and has determined that a further delay of the compliance date is appropriate for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy.  The delay will also allow OSHA to provide employers the same four-month window for submitting data that the original rule would have provided.  Read more

13 JUL

Salmonella infection linked to residential chickens

In June the Merced County Department of Public Health issued a warning to residents of a salmonella infection linked to contact with live poultry. One case had been reported in Merced County. The resident infected was exposed to a salmonella strain from poultry in the home, according to officials at the health department. The patient was hospitalized and has since recovered. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reminds people of safety habits that can help to alleviate the transferring of germs connected to salmonella. Salmonella itself is the bacteria that can cause diseases in humans. It’s not the actual disease. Salmonellosis is what you get from ingesting salmonella. The symptoms associated with salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, fever and other unpleasant health issues. Backyard birding has been on the rise for a number of years.  Read more

13 JUL

Getting the hatchery ready for ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ production

Sanitation is the key to success when a hatchery completely removes antibiotics from its process, Josh Mulkey told Poultry Health Today. Mulkey is hatchery manager for Tyson at the Dahlonega, Georgia, facility. He started as manager just as the hatchery made the transition from using gentamicin with in ovo vaccination to antibiotic-free production. The process involved “ripping off the band-aid,” he said. Every step of the procedure was reevaluated, and nothing could be taken for granted.  Read more

13 JUL

Organic food sales jump 8.4 percent in 2016

The U.S. organic industry maintained steady growth in 2016, with food sales increasing 8.4 percent to $43 billion – breaking the $40 billion mark for the first time.

The sizable growth is even more impressive considering total food sales increased only 0.6 percent. Organic food now accounts for 5.3 percent of all food sales in the U.S., another significant first for the organic sector, according to the Organic Trade Association in its 2016 Organic Industry Survey, conducted by the Nutrition Business Journal this spring. Read more

13 JUL

USPOULTRY statement on EPA, U.S. Army move to rescind expansive WOTUS Rule

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced they are proposing to rescind the Clean Water Rule, a 2015 regulation that greatly expanded the established definition of “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated, “This is the first step in the two-step process to redefine ‘waters of the U.S.,’ and we are committed to moving through this re-evaluation to quickly provide regulatory certainty, in a way that is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public.” The agencies noted the new proposed rule would be in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance and longstanding practice.  Read more