Here are the ten most-read poultry related articles on WATTAgNet.com during the month of January:

1. Fatal freight elevator accident at Pilgrim’s plant

A man was killed in a freight elevator accident on January 6 at a Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant in Guntersville, Alabama.

2. Fieldale Farms worker dies in accident

A worker at the Fieldale Farms poultry plant in Murrayville, Georgia, died after he fell from a ladder at the facility.

3. McDonald’s tests chicken sandwich with controversial ingredient

McDonald’s began testing chicken sandwiches containing the controversial ingredient, monosodium glutamate (MSG), at more than 250 restaurants in Texas and Tennessee starting in December. Analysts say the move means the quick service brand is serious about becoming a serious contender in the chicken sandwich wars.

4. Konos barn and 300,000 hens lost in fire in Michigan

A large fire destroyed a barn and about 300,000 cage-free laying hens at a Konos egg farm in Otsego, Michigan, on January 3.

5. Three more European states report avian flu in poultry

After an absence of two-and-a-half years, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) of the H5N8 subtype returned within days to Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

6. Accelerated MRI technology could sex chicks in ovo

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are typically used to create detailed images of organs and tissues in the body.

7. DeLauro wants thorough OSHA probe of Pilgrim’s accident

U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is urging the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into an accident that resulted in a fatality at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant in Guntersville, Alabama, earlier this month.

8. Infographic: GAP broiler standard commitments

Companies continue to change their policies concerning the sourcing of broiler chickens, making pledges to source chicken that has been raised and processed in accordance with Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards, and in some cases, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) standards.

9. BLOG: US is adding table egg laying hens faster than people

Terrence O'Keefe: The growth of the human population in the U.S. has slowed significantly since the 1990s, when the average annual increase was 1.24%.

10. Pig coronavirus easily spreads to chickens, turkeys

An infectious zoonotic disease that can be deadly to pigs is easily transmitted between swine and poultry, according to a new study published in the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases.