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and animal feed industries.

Poultry Processing & Slaughter

PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY

Plant of tomorrow: Intelligent automation to offer processing safety, efficiency

Intelligent automation promises to result in improvements in efficiency, food safety and worker safety in poultry processing.
What will poultry processing facilities of 2020 look like? What are the challenges that exist today, and how will these be solved in the plant of the future? Keeping workers safe and producing safe and healthy products, while protecting the planet, are major goals that will continue to challenge the poultry processing industry in the foreseeable future.
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Washington Update

EPA advances Chesapeake model

Federal control, like in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, may be closer than you think in your region and locality.
You may not live on the Chesapeake Bay or have a processing plant or contracts with poultry farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. However, you need to be just as concerned for the future as those who find themselves right in the middle of the Environment Protection Agency’s bull’s-eye on the region.
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PROCESSING MANAGEMENT

Poultry processing: The pitfalls of localized efficiency

Is a focus on localized efficiency in the poultry processing or further processing plant hurting your company’s bottom line?
Just about every poultry operation – for that matter, every manufacturing operation – establishes standard costs for products. But is it possible that too much focus, or the wrong focus, in the area of costs is reducing your company’s profitability?
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GLOBAL POULTRY TRADE

Should Russia import and export poultry?

Is self-sufficiency in poultry production or two-way trade in the best interest of Russia’s producers and consumers?
From comments made over the years, it is apparent that many Russians have a strong preference for self-sufficiency in poultry production. Should Russia strive to be self-sufficient?
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LABELING & REGULATIONS

Deciphering the ‘natural poultry’ debate

Controversy continues within the poultry industry over what constitutes ‘natural’ poultry while the USDA reconsiders the definition.
Major broiler processors disagree on what the definition for “natural” fresh ready-to-cook (RTC) chicken products should be, and the USDA is now reviewing the regulations that define “natural” poultry. What is at stake for the U.S. poultry industry in this debate is the roughly $2 billion per year that consumers are now paying at retail for the added weight of enhancing solutions used in some fresh chicken products.
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FURTHER PROCESSING

Successful start-ups in poultry further processing

Start-ups are inefficient in far too many further processing facilities. Here’s how to start and run production smoothly and efficiently.
Successful production runs in a poultry further processing facility begin with successful start-ups. What does a successful start-up in further processing look like?
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GROWER CONTRACTS

GIPSA rule would reset poultry contracts

Attorney says proposed rule is likely to increase litigation, curtail use of tournament-style grower pay and increase processor ownership of poultry farms.
Attorney says proposed rule is likely to increase litigation, curtail use of tournament-style grower pay and increase processor ownership of poultry farms.
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2 Sisters strengthens global presence

The UK poultry concern’s purchase of Storteboom is part of greater ambitions.
UK-based poultry company, 2 Sisters Food Group, which already supplies a wide variety of products to retail, food service and manufacturing companies around the world, has acquired a new Dutch base to provide it with a platform to expand further into Central and Eastern Europe.
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Reducing PSE in turkey products needs a holistic approach

Pre- and post-mortem initiatives may be the way forward
Pale, soft and exudative (PSE) meat – meat that is pale in colour, forms soft gels, and has a decreased ability to hold water – is a problem often associated with pork. However, according to researchers, it is increasingly becoming a challenge for some poultry producers as well, particularly in the turkey industry.
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Poultry packaging grows green, convenient

Product packaging is in the forefront of the poultry industry’s efforts to meet consumer demand for safe and convenient products that are also green.
Product packaging is in the forefront of the poultry industry’s efforts to meet consumer demand for safe and convenient products that are also green.
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