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Egg farmers not defined by bad actors; industry is safe, clean

Opinion

Today’s opinion article (May 26, 2018) by Roy Costa RS, MS, entitled “Rose Acres Farms: Another Bad Actor, or a Deeper Problem” deserves a rebuttal from the nation’s egg farmers. Costa served as an expert witness for Marler Clark LLP when the 2010 Quality Egg Salmonella enteritidis outbreak occurred. Egg farmers today are providing a… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: “Cage free” wins out , but at what cost?

Opinion

Hens are getting new housing all across America and it’s all going to be “cage free.” The “cage free” campaign has won, largely by focusing on market decision-makers.   It did have one major political victory back in 2008 when California passed Proposition 2. However in the marketplace,  the “cage-free ” campaign has been running… Continue Reading

Cage-free hens don’t improve egg food safety, nutrition levels

There’s no food safety argument to be made for cage-free eggs versus those from chickens in other types of housing, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Nor are cage-free eggs more nutritious. In what animal activists see as a defeat, a three-judge appeals panel for the 9th Circuit ruled on… Continue Reading

Appellate judge tells egg producers to file their own case

In the cooking world, something like the 3-minute egg has a definite beginning and ending. But in the legal world, egg disputes tend to hang around and come and go. Take the Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, it’s been around federal courts since the year 2000 with the end not yet in site. So when Midwestern… Continue Reading

Tumultuous Year for Eggs Might Next See Biosecurity Review

The 3-day International Poultry Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta concludes today. The annual event sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association comes after a tumultuous year that left the industry’s egg producers with a lot to talk about. With their product usually thought of as a cheap protein source and… Continue Reading

General Mills Pledges to Use 100-Percent Cage-Free Eggs

As part of a new animal welfare policy, major food manufacturer General Mills has pledged to shift its egg-buying practices in the U.S. to source exclusively from cage-free suppliers. The company did not provide a timeline for implementing the change. Its Häagen-Dazs ice cream brand already sources entirely from cage-free suppliers in Europe, the company said. Following… Continue Reading

Caged or Cage-Free? Debate Continues on Safest Method to House Laying Hens

This article was originally published on July 31 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” John Miller walks across the lime-covered floor of his chicken barn and steps out a small door into an open field in rural Campbell Hill, IL. The fenced-in space is about an acre… Continue Reading

Concerns About Animal Welfare, Food Safety Spur Industry Changes

The 42 Good Husbandry Grants recently awarded by Animal Welfare Approved to farms and slaughter plants across the country are yet another sign of changes occurring in the livestock industry. “It’s really a testament to how agriculture is transitioning from industrialized to pasture-based,” said AWA program director Andrew Gunther, referring to the many applications the organization received… Continue Reading