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FSA Chastises UK Retailers for Resisting Release of Campylobacter Stats

The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) Monday criticized British supermarkets for not wanting to be named in the results of its Campylobacter testing program, set to be released this this week. The second round of findings, due out on Wednesday, will reveal which stores had the highest and lowest number of positive tests for… Continue Reading

Dead-End Genetics: Why the Chicken Industry Needs a New Roadmap


Peering through a sunlit barn in rural Kansas, fourth-generation poultry farmer Frank Reese rattles off names of chicken breeds that were once common – Barred Rock, Dark Brahma, Ancona, Rhode Island Red, Dark Cornish. He points to an elegant-looking bird perching on some nest boxes. The bird, a Rose Comb Leghorn, flies down and runs… Continue Reading

Another Barrier to U.S.-China Chicken Trade Knocked Down

Few, if any, U.S.-born chickens are going to be getting on a boat or plane for processing in China unless and until the little matter of tariffs totaling more than 135 percent goes away. And that may now be occurring, according to U.S. trade experts. U.S. exports of 613,000 metric tons of broiler meat to… Continue Reading

More U.S. Chickens Going to China After WTO Ruling

The World Trade Organization (WTO) struck down China’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures on broiler chickens from the United States on Aug. 2. Since China imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties, U.S. exports of chicken products to the Asian nation have been cut by 80 percent. The U.S. took the issue to the WTO in September… Continue Reading

Study Links Bacteria in Processed Chickens to Contamination on Farm

The levels of bacteria in broiler chickens at the processing plant appears to be related to the amount of bacteria found among birds on the farm, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens looked at the prevalence and loads of Salmonella and Campylobacter in 55 flocks at a large chicken… Continue Reading

Fly Screens May Reduce Campylobacter Among Broiler Chickens

New research out of Denmark has shown that the use of fly screens in chicken coops can reduce the amount of Camplyobacter bacteria in these environments. Campylobacter is the leading cause of intestinal disease in humans in the European Union, according to the European Food Safety Authority, and 20 to 30 percent of these cases… Continue Reading

Why We Haven’t Seen Inside a Broiler Chicken Factory Farm in a Decade


In 2003, the animal protection group Compassion Over Killing produced a video exposé of the biggest farm animal industry in our country – the factory farming of chickens raised for meat.  Entitled 45 days,  it laid out the short, brutal life of a broiler  (i.e. meat) chicken: panting, overcrowded, lame, limping and even dead birds…. Continue Reading