Terrence O’Keefe, WATT’s content director, provides his perspective on everything from animal agriculture trends that impact our food chain to food-safety related issues affecting chicken and egg production. O’Keefe has covered the poultry industry as an editor for more than a decade and also brings his experience in plant management and poultry production to comment on today’s issues.
Paul Shapiro, vice president for farm animal protection, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), responded to my recent blog post where I asked the question, “Are animals harmed intentionally in HSUS undercover investigations?”
Watching the online video which is said to be the result of an “undercover investigation” by a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) operative at the Butterfield Foods spent hen processing facility in Butterfield, Minnesota, left me with one big question: Where was the backup killer?
I have three resolutions that I would like for egg producers to make and follow up on in 2015 as the U.S. industry tries to find its way to a future which almost certainly will look a good bit different in terms of how hens are housed than it does today.
With the compliance date for the hen housing aspects of California Proposition 2, and its related legislation, just a few weeks away, the potential for egg shortages and higher egg prices in California, and perhaps even the rest of the U.S., is now being told in numerous mainstream news outlets.
When I looked at McDonald’s YouTube video on how chicken McNuggets are made, I thought that this was a great way for the quick-service restaurant giant to be transparent and tackle misinformation head on.
A colleaguerecently forwarded me a story about some really clever egg cartons whichemphasize the “freshness” of the product. The “Just Laid” cartons have a tabwhich holds the top down positioned so that it looks like an egg coming out ofthe cloaca of the hen. The graphics on each carton aren’t identical; there area series of pictures which depict the hen going through the process of“pushing” the egg out while she looks back as though she is admiring herhandiwork.
I think that the Thanksgiving holiday, which is celebrated this week in the U.S., is a time for gathering with friends and family and offering thanks not just for the bountiful harvest that our year of labor and toil have wrought from the earth, but also for the love and friendship of our family, friends and all of the other people who have crossed our path and helped to lighten our load.
Certainly the most unique item that I have seen on the show floor at the 2014 Eurotier in Hanover, Germany, has to be a vending machine for selling raw table eggs in cartons containing a half dozen or more eggs.
SabineHartmann, D.V.M., director of animal friendly product management, Vier Pfoten International (Four paws International)correctly told the audience at EuroTier’s Poultry Forum in Hannover, Germany, thatthe price for food has risen at less than the rate of inflation. She said thatthe relative improvement in the affordability of food has actually been a badthing.