News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Food Safety and Processing Perspective

Terrence O’Keefe, WATT’s content director, provides his perspective on everything from animal agriculture trends that impact our food chain to food-safety related issues affecting chicken and egg production. O’Keefe has covered the poultry industry as an editor for more than a decade and also brings his experience in plant management and poultry production to comment on today’s issues.

Do voters know the increased cost of cage-free eggs?

Ballot initiatives mandating changes to animal husbandry practices, like cage free for hens, have been approved by the same voters who routinely purchase eggs from cage-housed hens.
Learn why consumers make different choices in the ballot box than they do in the grocery checkout aisle.
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Can egg producers win the food safety race?

Walmart executive says chicken producers are in a race between their companies’ ability to prevent foodborne illnesses and society’s ability to detect them.
Walmart executive says that poultry producers are in a race to improve the safety of their products more quickly than the technologies for tracing back foodborne illnesses are advancing.
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Foolish poultry products price-fixing lawsuits continue

These lawsuits, and some of the popular press coverage about them, point out the lack of economics education in the US.
The lawsuits against broiler producers use the decisions made, based on excessive losses at past production levels, to produce more or less chicken meat since the Great Recession to spin a tale of collusion and price fixing.
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US cage-free transition means more price volatility

Analyst says increased cost of cage-free production will reduce US egg exports and lead to greater price volatility for producers.

If the cage-free transition takes place in the U.S. but not in the rest of the world, then the U.S. egg market would become more isolated and supply fluctuations would have a greater impact on egg price because of lost export markets.

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Innovators: The poultry industry needs your ideas

Innovation has been the cornerstone of the success and growth of the poultry industry. The Poultry Tech Summit will bring innovators and investors together to accelerate technology transfer to the industry.
The Poultry Tech Summit is being launched this year to make sure that more of innovative ideas get an opportunity to be seen by the people who can use them and make sure they get to market.
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No antibiotics ever not good for poultry welfare standards

Global Animal Partnership standards require no antibiotics ever, which creates a potential conflict between the program and bird welfare.
The Global Animal Partnership standard that requires no antibiotics ever rearing for poultry creates a potential conflict between bird welfare and treated birds and removing their meat or eggs from the program.
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