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Sustainable eggs make good business sense, says McDonald’s executive

Bob Langert says that working together to find the best housing option for laying hens is good for suppliers and consumers of eggs, and for the hens.
Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president for corporate responsibility, said his company wants to satisfy its customers’ expectations for delivering a safe food supply while assuring the animals involved in the food production are raised in the best possible conditions. However, he also knows that in order for their decisions to have any credibility, it takes a group of people that go beyond restaurant executives.
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USDA develops new shell egg pasteurization process

Combination of radio frequency energy and thermal transfer from a water bath dramatically reduce the time required to pasteurize eggs while still in the shell.
The Holy Grail of any food safety program for raw food is a “kill-step” that eliminates pathogens in the food product without negatively impacting the functional and organoleptic properties of the food. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service scientists have developed a process for pasteurization of shell eggs that may make pasteurized eggs a lot more commonplace.
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Egg Bill proponents try again on Capitol Hill

The revised version of the Egg Bill provides some relief for California egg producers not found in the original draft legislation.
A new version of the proposed legislation known as the Egg Bill, which encompasses the language of the laying hen welfare agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States, was introduced into the 113th Congress as H.R. 1731 and S. 820 on April 25, 2013. The new Egg Bill has revisions that clarify some of the requirements and also adds a transition period for California egg producers to ease the switch to Proposition 2 requirements.
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Top 10 health concerns for layers and pullets

US layer and pullet flocks are generally healthy, but veterinarians have ranked the most commonly occurring diseases and syndromes for both cage-housed and cage-free layers and pullets.
U.S. layer and pullet flocks are generally healthy, but veterinarians have ranked the most commonly occurring diseases and syndromes for both cage-housed and cage-free layers and pullets. Cannibalism and E. coli infections rank as the top two health concerns for both cage-housed and cage-free layers, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Veterinarians in Egg Production in the fall of 2012.
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Cal-Maine Foods pursuing more acquisitions

Largest egg producer sees opportunity pursuing family-owned companies facing generational change
The largest egg producer in the United States has visions of getting even bigger, with potential acquisitions at the top of its growth strategy. Cal-Maine Foods, with 33.5 million laying hens in production,  tops the list of the nation's biggest egg producers.  
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2013 version of the Egg Bill introduced in Congress

Backers of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, based on the hen welfare agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, take another shot at passage.
2013 version of the Egg Bill introduced in Congress Backers of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, based on the hen welfare agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, take another shot at passage. By Terrence O'Keefe The new E
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Sustainable Egg Project looking to provide answers for society

Researchers presented some of the environmental, hen health and bird performance data from the first flock of hens in the commercial-scale alternative hen housing research sponsored by the Coalition for a Sustainable Egg Supply.
The U.S. egg industry is at a crossroads; the conventional cage, which has been the standard means of housing hens in this country for decades, has been challenged on animal welfare grounds. At this time, the two primary alternatives to conventional cage housing are enriched colony cages and cage-free aviaries. 
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Cal-Maine reports increase in net income

Acquisitions, higher selling prices help company’s performance
Cal-Maine Foods reported higher net sales and a higher net income for the third quarter 2013 and nine months ending March 2. The results were released on April 1.
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Poultry industry needs, consumer demand topics at Alltech symposium

Breakout sessions will offer broader range of subjects
From problems with mycotoxins and coccidiosis, to opportunities with epigenetics and antibiotic-free programs, Alltech plans to address a plate full of topics that affect the poultry industry, from the hatchery to the dining room, at GLIMPSE 2020: the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., May 19-22. New in 2013, Alltech International Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to select breakout session tracks. 
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