USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) reports that since 2002, 14 states have enacted laws governing their animal agricultural industries’ pre-slaughter production practices. These restrictions to boost the welfare of farm animals may also be causing or at least contributing to current shortages and price increases.

ERS found the policies have

Continue Reading Challenges to growing animal welfare restrictions found ‘largely unsuccessful’

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported on Monday about a worsening Avian influenza crisis in the United States.   APHIS reports that more than 22.8 million birds have had to be put to death in the past two months because of the influenza Type A virus (influenza A).
Continue Reading Avian flu outbreaks in U.S. take more than 22.8 million birds in 24 states, so far

Almost seven  years ago, the National Chicken Council (NCC) petitioned  the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to adopt regulations establishing labeling requirements for not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) stuffed chicken breast products that may appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE) and to issue a Compliance Guideline for developing and communicating validated cooking instructions
Continue Reading National Chicken Council renews petition for cooking instruction changes

A study from the Roslin institute published in BMC Genomics has identified genes in chickens that could offer resistance to harmful bacteria commonly found in poultry and could inform ways to limit the risk of associated food poisoning in people.

The research identified a large number of genes in chicken
Continue Reading Roslin institute identifies genes in chickens that could offer resistance to harmful bacteria

The U.S. Department of Agriculure’s partially shut down Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) is being challenged by the deadly and highly contagious Virulent Newcastle disease that’s jumped from backyard poultry to commercial flocks in California.

USDA officials are quick to say that Virulent Newcastle is not a food safety
Continue Reading Virulent Newcastle disease spreads to California’s commercial flocks