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Poultry companies recognized for safety performance

Joint Industry Safety and Health Council awards chicken, turkey producers for implementing safety programs in facilities based off injury stats, written applications
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council awarded 56 chicken and turkey companies for outstanding safety performance in implementing effective safety and health programs. The annual awards were presented during the 2011 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Savannah, Ga.  
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Chicago poultry wholesaler purchases Iowa chicken plant

Charles Austin Ltd. buys Custom Poultry Processing plant for $2.27 million
Chicago-based poultry, pork and beef wholesaler Charles Austin Ltd. has purchased a Custom Poultry Processing LLC chicken plant in Charles City, Iowa. The $2.27 million purchase was approved in bankruptcy court following an auction on May 26. Custom Poultry had petitioned the court to sell the plant in April, after falling into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January.
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North Carolina poultry processing plant lawsuit dismissed

Sanderson Farms planning to build in Nash County
A lawsuit to prevent Sanderson Farms from building a poultry processing plant in Nash County, N.C., has been dismissed. The lawsuit was filed against Nash County commissioners for the rezoning of land in the southern part of the county for the proposed plant.
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The importance of education and learning for the poultry industry

We hope that with these new formats you will be better informed when it comes to decision-making, be it the field of flock health, management, efficiency, processing, or even if simply keeping up to date with competitors!
Visit the improved WattAgNet website and try the Poultry International App too. We hope that with these new formats you will be better informed when it comes to decision-making, be it the field of flock health, management, efficiency, processing, or even if simply keeping up to date with competitors!
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Poland animal feed supplier diversifies into poultry processing

Wipasz partners with Meyn-Ishida to construct processing facility
Polish animal feed supplier Wipasz has partnered with poultry processing solution provider Meyn-Ishida to construct a poultry processing facility set for completion in 2013, according to Wipasz. The facility will be set next to an existing structure, which already processes 5,000 birds per hour.
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Poultry industry roundtable identifies 5 keys to food safety

Poultry industry leaders, joined by a foodservice buyer, a food scientist and a banker, talked about what is needed to insure the food safety of poultry.
Nothing is more important to the poultry industry than food safety, according to a nine-man panel made up of some of the U.S. poultry industry’s most influential leaders. The Poultry Leadership Roundtable, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and WATT, examined the risks and challenges involved with food safety and identified five keys to insuring the food safety of poultry.  
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Poultry ready-to-cook weight down 2% in April

The average live weight of mature chickens slaughtered was up 5%, and turkeys were up 1%. Total live weight for April, however, was down 2%.
Poultry certified wholesome during April 2011 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.48 billion pounds, down 2% from the amount certified in April 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The March 2011 revised certified total at 3.87 billion pounds, was up 4% from March 2010.
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Sanderson Farms posts $16.3 million loss for second quarter 2011

Company notes undesirable market conditions, high feed prices as major contributors to losses
Sanderson Farms Inc. posted a net loss of $16.3 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to a net income of $35.1 million for the same time in 2010. The company's results include a charge of $6 million, before income taxes, to reduce the value of live inventory from cost to market; excluding this adjustment, the net loss for the second quarter was $12.3 million.
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Iowa meat processor gains immigration enforcement certification

IMAGE program focuses on reducing unauthorized employment, use of fraudulent identity documents
Iowa-based sliced meat processor West Liberty Foods LLC has been certified as a partner in the "ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers" program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows private industry to partner with ICE to reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. 
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