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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.

Activists say alternative animal agriculture is bad

Animal rights proponents say it isn’t just 'factory farms' that are bad for animals because there are no 'good farms.'
I’ve never liked the term “factory farm” and, according to comments made by speakers at the 2015 Animal Rights National Conference, in Alexandria, Virginia, some animal rights activists have soured on the term as well. Hope Bohanec, projects manager, United Poultry Concerns, said, “The term factory farm had its time … we have inadvertently created the alternative animal agriculture industry. All animal agriculture is bad.”
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Avian flu creates losses for some, profits for others

Fewer eggs on the market in the U.S. has led to big profits for egg producers that have remained untouched so far by avian flu.
The highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in the upper Midwestern U.S. in the spring of 2015 resulted in the loss of over 40 million table egg layers and pullets. Some egg producers, like Rembrandt Foods, the country’s third largest with operations in Minnesota and Northern Iowa, suffered heavy losses from avian flu. For companies like this, the avian influenza outbreak has required depopulation of farms, extensive cleaning and disinfection, lost egg production and employee layoffs.
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Veterinary Feed Directive may help broiler producers

Designation of non-medically important antimicrobials can provide a backstop to the seemingly relentless market shift to raised-without-antibiotics chicken in the US
Do poultry producers make the market for raised-without-antibiotics chicken and turkey meat or are they just responding to growing consumer demand?
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US egg farmers will cheer all-day Egg McMuffins

McDonald’s franchisees voted last week to approve a move to all-day breakfast at its 14,300 U.S. restaurants on October 6. The company has been test marketing the all-day breakfast and the results have encouraged the nation’s largest restaurant chain to serve breakfast items all day.
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My daily 3 egg breakfast and lower serum cholesterol

Last August, I faced a little bit of a health dilemma: I had been treated for high serum cholesterol levels and hypertension for more than a decade, but the blood pressure medicine wasn’t really controlling my hypertension anymore. I knew I needed to make some changes, because I had run out of pharmaceutical options. My cholesterol levels responded well to the medication, but my blood pressure was too high.
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