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Animal Rights Group Files Criminal Misdemeanor Affidavits Against Tyson and Six Employees

Undercover video shows mistreatment of chickens

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For the third time since July, food industry giant Tyson Foods Inc. has been the target of an undercover animal cruelty investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. This time, the animal rights group has signed affidavits against Tyson Foods and six of its employees, hoping it can get misdemeanor criminal charges to stick. And Mercy… Continue Reading

Perdue’s Big Reveal: ‘We Need Happier Birds’



You might not have caught it, but at the end of Stephanie Strom’s article this past weekend in The New York Times, Perdue made a big reveal. Back in December 2014, Compassion in World Farming released a video showing chickens raised in tightly packed warehouses, laying on feces-ridden litter and with red, raw bellies. To make matters… 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

Poultry Industry Misleads the Public About the Humaneness of Slaughter 



People are often shocked to learn how little government oversight exists surrounding the way animals are slaughtered in the United States. There are only about 148 (full-time equivalent) humane slaughter inspectors for the 148 million cows, pigs and sheep slaughtered every year at federally inspected establishments, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s… Continue Reading

Egg-Producing States File Appeal Over California’s Proposition 2


States that, until recently, sold a total of 2 billion shell eggs a year in California clearly don’t intend to give up on that lucrative Golden State market without a fight. After first getting tossed from federal court, they’ve now returned with bulked-up arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The… Continue Reading

Poultry ‘Feed Tickets’ Show Systematic Antibiotics Use


On Monday, Reuters published its analysis of “feed tickets” from Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue Farms, George’s and Koch Foods in order to illustrate how U.S. poultry producers systematically feed antibiotics to their chickens. Mills that make feed for companies issue these feed tickets to chicken growers listing the types, amounts, and FDA-approved purposes for each… 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

Plant-Based Oils May Reduce Salmonella in Chicken

Dr. Walid Alali (photo courtesy of University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Feeding chickens a mixture of plant-based oils in their water may become an effective method of reducing Salmonella contamination in chicken products, according to experimental studies by researchers at the University of Georgia in Griffin. The studies, published in the journals Food Control and Poultry Science, found that an essential oil treatment significantly reduced the… Continue Reading

Egg Yolk Antibody Controls Vertical Transfer of Salmonella in Eggs and Chicks



Salmonella is a Gram-negative, facultative intracellular pathogen that is capable of causing gastroenteritis and typhoid fever in the affected host. Salmonella infections are reported as the second leading cause of foodborne illnesses in the United States. Salmonella has the potential to cause fatal bacterial infections in infants, the elderly and individuals with a suppressed immune… Continue Reading

Cases of Salmonella Montevideo from Live Poultry Rise to 76


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has counted an additional 10 cases of Salmonella Montevideo linked to live poultry since last month, bringing the new case count to 76 people across 22 states. Of those ill, 17 have been hospitalized. The live birds originated at Estes Hatchery, a mail-order hatchery in Springfield, Missouri…. Continue Reading