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Pig numbers rebound

Record pig numbers demonstrate resilience after PEDv

USDA report shows hogs and pigs inventory, market hog inventory recovered to historically high levels
Two years ago, we were continually reading and reporting about the latest cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the United States. The virus, which caused widespread losses in the U.S. pig industry after first entering the United States in 2013, has sure received a lot less attention in recent months, but a look at the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report proves that PEDv needs to be brought to people’s attention once again.
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Simmons Foods Southwest City Complex

Simmons Foods, Keystone Foods win USPOULTRY Clean Water Awards

Award recognizes exemplary performance in full treatment and pretreatment at water reclamation facilities serving the poultry industry.
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has named Simmons Foods of Southwest City, Missouri, and Keystone Foods of Reidsville, North Carolina, as winners of the 2015 Clean Water Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes exemplary performance at water reclamation facilities serving the poultry industry.
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6 requirements for avian flu ventilation shutdown

If poultry flocks become infected with avian influenza, USDA says requirements must be met before birds can be depopulated through ventilation shutdown
USDA recently authorized the emergency use of ventilation shutdown (VSD) to depopulate poultry flocks affected by avian influenza. However, special criteria must be met before ventilation shutdown may be used.
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Infographic: APHIS avian influenza plan highlights

The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published its Fall 2015 HPAI Preparedness and Response Plan; see some of the highlights here.
Check out this infographic for highlights from the APHIS report on how the U.S. will prepare for and respond to future avian influenza outbreaks.
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OSHA fines Pilgrim’s, says injuries were preventable

Broiler company faces $46,825 in fines following alleged incidents at plants in West Virginia that caused worker injuries
Pilgrim’s has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), alleging that three employees were injured in accidents that the agency said were preventable at its facilities in Moorefield, West Virginia.
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Post Holdings acquires Willamette

Post Holdings to purchase Willamette Egg Farms

Once transaction is finalized, company intends to combine Michael Foods and Willamette Egg businesses
Post Holdings is expanding its presence in the egg industry as the company is acquiring Willamette Egg Farms.
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Cargill Schweigert

Cargill selling Schweigert brand to Bakalars Sausage

Transaction expected to be completed in October
Bakalars Sausage Company has entered into an agreement to acquire the Schweigert brand of hot dogs, natural casing dogs, braunschweiger, summer sausage and breaded chicken products from Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats.
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Whole Foods Lawsuit

PETA sues Whole Foods, claims pork not humanely raised

Animal rights group sends undercover investigator to farm operated by Whole Foods supplier
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is filing a lawsuit against grocery chain Whole Foods Market, alleging the animals raised for the pork it sells are not treated as humanely as the company claims.
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