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Feds allege companies knowingly hired illegal immigrants

Search warrant affidavits indicate there was probable cause to believe Mississippi poultry plant leaders knew some people hired were illegal immigrants
Federal immigration officials say there is probable cause that the poultry companies who had plants raided on August 7 by authorities from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) broke the law by knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants, according to recently unsealed search warrant affidavits.
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Sunrise Farms avian flu case trial set for November 2020

Egg company says companies hired by APHIS to disinfect property after avian influenza infection were negligent and caused significant damage
A jury trial for a case in which Sunrise Farms Inc. sued companies hired by the U.S. government to depopulate and disinfect its premises near Harris, Iowa, after a 2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza infection has been scheduled for November 30, 2020.
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ASF and the trade of genetics, consultants and feeds

There is an underground movement to eschew animals, people and products that have been in ASF-affected areas, but everything remains rather hushed for the moment.
Perhaps it is an overreaction. Perhaps it is an opportunity to cut back on costs. Perhaps it is neither or both, but I have heard of cases where major pig producers are keeping growing-finishing gilts back for breeding as they decided to stop bringing in new genetic stock in fear of introducing the African swine fever (ASF) virus to their herds.
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Olymel calls on Quebec to relax immigration rules

Labor shortage, low unemployment rate, and a low population in the regions where it operates make recruiting workers hard, company says
As part of its participation on Aug. 14 in the Parliamentary Commission on Citizen Relations regarding Quebec immigration planning for the 2020-2022 period, Olymel’s management has argued that without the contribution of permanent and temporary economic immigrants, Quebec’s regional economic prosperity and business growth would be seriously compromised. Olymel employs over 9,500 people in Quebec and has 25 facilities and many farms in 12 regions.
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Tyson Foods recalls Weaver brand chicken patties

Ready-to-eat chicken patty products recalled due to possible foreign matter contamination
Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 39,078 pounds of Weaver brand frozen chicken patty product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.
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Record number of poultry facilities recognized for safety

230 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council
During the 2019 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Florida, a record 230 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.
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