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Poultry Processing & Slaughter

George's seeks to expedite antitrust lawsuit challenging Tyson purchase

Delaying case could harm local poultry farmers, says company
Poultry processor George's Inc. is seeking to expedite a federal antitrust lawsuit stemming from the company's purchase of a Tyson Food Inc. poultry complex in Harrisonburg, Va. According to George's, delaying the case could harm local poultry farmers.
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Former National Chicken Council president inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Top 12 inductees chosen from livestock, meatpacking, poultry processing industry leaders
Former National Chicken Council President George Watts, along with 11 other industry leaders, has been elected to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for 2011. The 2011 group was chosen from more than 60 nominees representing all sectors of the livestock, meatpacking and poultry processing industries.
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Poultry processor purchases Virginia Tyson poultry complex

George's to retain current employees, increase plant production
Poultry processor George's Inc. has finalized its purchase of Tyson Foods Inc.'s Harrisonburg, Va., poultry complex, according to reports. The deal, which took effect on May 7, includes a processing plant in Harrisonburg, a hatchery in Broadway and a feed mill and truck shop in New Market.
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Tyson reports $159 million net income for second quarter 2011

First six months reach $457 million
Tyson Foods Inc. reported a net income of $159 million for the second quarter of 2011 and $457 million for the first six months, holding steady for the quarter and gaining $138 million for the year so far compared to 2010 numbers. Chicken operating income was down for the second quarter compared to 2010 ($37 million compared to $114 million) but up for the first six months ($218 million compared to $192 million).
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Campylobacter control during poultry slaughter and processing

In early 2011, the European Food Safety Authority issued a Scientific Opinion on campylobacter in broiler meat production. As part of its opinion, EFSA looked at the risk factors for campylobacter during slaughter, dressing and processing.
According to a 2008 survey, most slaughterhouses in the EU are highly likely to have Campylobacter-positive broilers as starting material. This puts increased pressure on food safety and management systems, which are primarily based on hygienic measures (GMP/GHP) and implementation of the compulsory HACCP system.
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North Carolina increases funds to defend poultry processing lawsuit

New processing facility would bring 1,100 jobs to area workers
Officials in Nash County, N.C., have increased funds to defend poultry processor Sanderson Farms from a lawsuit that would prevent the company from establishing a chicken processing plant in the area. The facility, which would include 500 broiler houses, 24 pullet houses and 48 hen houses, has the support of Nash County because it would bring 1,100 jobs into the area, which currently suffers from a high unemployment rate.
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Perdue cleared to acquire organic poultry processor

US Department of Justice finds no reason to hold up proposed buyout
Perdue Farms Inc.'s parent company, FPP Family Investments, has been cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division to purchase organic and natural poultry processor Coleman Natural Foods. According to the Department of Justice, which interviewed customers, chicken processors and more than 100 chicken growers, "after a thorough review of the evidence...the facts do not support challenging the proposed transaction."
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FOOD SAFETY OF POULTRY

New salmonella, campylobacter performance standards for poultry lack scientific foundation

New Food Safety and Inspection Service performance standards for salmonella and campylobacter in poultry will be costly, with no demonstrated public benefit.
New regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service to be implemented in July mean broiler chickens produced in the U.S. will be subject to new performance standards for salmonella and a performance standard for campylobacter for the first time. Scientific data exist that clearly demonstrate no relationship between human salmonellosis and prevalence of salmonella on poultry. The new performance standards will only place additional burdens on the poultry industry, possibly resulting in higher food costs to the consumer with no measurable public health benefit. Such significant changes, without strong scientific data showing public health benefits, place the U.S. chicken industry at a competitive disadvantage for export opportunities.  
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Pilgrim's Pride reports $120.8 million loss due to animal feed costs, storms

Company likely to raise poultry prices to compensate, says CEO
Pilgrim's Pride reported a first-quarter loss of $120.8 million due to high animal feed and fuel costs, winter storms and inventory reductions, according to the company. The loss is a significant increase from the first quarter of 2010, when the company reported a loss of $45.5 million.
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Industrias Bachoco net income down for first quarter

'Difficult' quarter due largely to increased corn prices, lower product demand
Mexico poultry producer and processor Industrias Bachoco S.A.B. de C.V. has reported a net income of Ps155 million (US$13 million) for the first quarter of 2011, coming in lower than the Ps276 million (US$23.2 million) reported in the first quarter of 2010. The company's chicken and egg business lines were both affected by economic conditions, according to CEO Rodolfo Ramos.
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