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All Things Poultry

Gary Thornton shares his thoughts on the US poultry industry. Thornton discusses legislation, trends, food safety issues and more relating to the poultry and meat industries in the US.

Poultry processors pushing back on OSHA inspections

U.S. poultry processors, at the crosshairs of wall-to-wall OSHA ergonomics inspections, are pushing back in court and seeking limits in the inspection process.

U.S. poultry processors are in the crosshairs of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’ s (OSHA) ergonomics enforcement programs, and one poultry industry safety manager has likened it to being under siege by the federal agency.


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US poultry processors face new pathogen standards

U.S. poultry processors are bracing for tough, new Salmonella and Campylobacter performance standards for chicken parts and comminuted poultry products, as the Obama administration is in its final months.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will begin applying new, tougher performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter for comminuted poultry products and chicken parts on July 1. However, regulatory verification and sampling requirements and punitive measures for not meeting the standards are causing as much industry consternation as the performance standards themselves.
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The new Tyson Foods is built for growth

Tyson Foods has “advantaged brands in advantaged categories” and investors can expect to see the company grow 1.5 times the category growth.
Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith punctuated his opening remarks in the second quarter 2016 earnings call by reeling off a dozen or more key performance superlatives now being enjoyed by the company since the acquisition of Hillshire Brands, and he concluded, “Through a game-changing acquisition and continuous improvement, Tyson Foods is a different company.”
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Global warming potential of US broiler production

U.S. broiler chicken producers have a phenomenal record of production efficiency. But what does that mean for the broiler industry’s environmental impact?
U.S. broiler chicken producers have a phenomenal record of production efficiency. But what does that mean for the broiler industry’s environmental impact?
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The other side of poultry production transparency

When three executives from companies in the meat and poultry supply chain participated in a panel discussion at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Antibiotics Symposium one might say they were in the hot seat – a high pressure situation in which a great deal of attention and scrutiny is focused on a person or organization.
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US avian flu effort continues behind the scenes

As it prepares to release the final restrictions on a few U.S. farms, USDA is shoring up trade relations in the wake of the HPAI outbreaks. APHIS officials have been visiting crucial trading partners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The main topics of discussion are the recognition of zoning in trade restrictions and the potential use of vaccines in disease eradication efforts should there be another HPAI outbreak.
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Is aquaculture ready to follow poultry’s path?

Aquaculture is a protein sector destined to compete head-on with poultry for share of the U.S. consumer’s stomach due to its efficient feed conversion and healthy food status. It’s a question of when seafood farmers will be able to commercialize and adopt technologies still under development to increase production and bring down prices.
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