From WATTAgNet:

The global poultry industry had a busy week with one acquisition finalized, another planned, and a planned expansion for another company. A recall, a lawsuit and further concerns about avian influenza also made the headlines.

Here are 10 of the top poultry news items and blogs from WATTAgNet for the week ending October 8:

US Labor Department accuses Pilgrim's of discrimination

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has filed a lawsuit against Pilgrim's, alleging the poultry company systematically discriminated against qualified African-American applicants seeking entry-level jobs as laborers and operatives at its plant in Marshville, North Carolina.

Aviagen completes expansion at Oklahoma hatchery

A $9.5 million expansion project at Aviagen's hatchery in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, has been completed.  

Post Holdings completes Willamette Egg Farms acquisition

Post Holdings has completed its purchase of Willamette Egg Farms.  

Salmonella worries prompt Koch Foods chicken recall

Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Foods, is recalling about 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed and breaded chicken products over Salmonella concerns.



Countries reach Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Negotiators from 12 countries reached an agreement on October 5 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), resulting in a trade pact that vows to cut trade barriers as well as set labor and environmental standards.  

Long run of US broiler profits to end in 2016

Gary Thornton: U.S. broiler margins have been profitable for all but three quarters over the last four years, but they are projected to turn to losses beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015 and through 2016. 

Activists say alternative animal agriculture is bad

Terrence O'Keefe: I've never liked the term 'factory farm' and, according to comments made by speakers at the 2015 Animal Rights National Conference, in Alexandria, Virginia, some animal rights activists have soured on the term as well. 

BRF plans aquisition to grow presence in Argentina

Brazilian meat, poultry and food company BRF has plans to expand its presence in Argentina with the proposed acquisition of the Vienissima, GoodMark, Manty, Delicia, Hamond, Tres Cruces and Wilson brands.

Avian flu cases continue in Taiwan, Vietnam and Nigeria

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has received reports about a number of new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Taiwan, Vietnam and Nigeria over the last two weeks.


HKSCan to build new poultry facility in western Finland

Nordic meat and poultry company HKScan is investing EUR80 million in a new poultry production facility in the western Finland city of Rauma.