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Fallout from fipronil in Belgium, Netherlands

One company from Belgium has filed for bankruptcy, while report blasts Dutch food safety agency and farmers
A Belgian company at the center of the crisis involving insecticide residues in eggs last year has announced it is bankrupt, and a new Dutch report on the investigation highlights problems in the country’s food safety system.
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Challenge to Daybreak Foods expansion denied

Appeal had been filed, claiming air quality and odor concerns may not have been properly addressed during the permitting process
Daybreak Foods can continue with its plans to expand its egg production facility in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, after a state board denied a challenge to a conditional use permit granted to the company.
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California to vote on new farm animal confinement laws

Petitioners gain enough signatures to place law that would require all eggs produced and sold in California to be from cage-free systems
California voters will decide on a measure that would eliminate the use of cages for hens laying eggs that are produced or sold in California, after enough signatures were obtained to put the measure on the statewide ballot.
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Economic challenges of converting to cage-free eggs

An economist looks at some of the challenges the US egg industry faces as cage-free purchase pledges from major retail and food service customers loom on the horizon.
An economist discusses challenges U.S. egg producers may face as cage-free purchase pledges leave many open questions for not only producers but retailers and consumers too.
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King amendment resurfaces in proposed 2018 farm bill

Congressman from Iowa says states do not have authority to enact laws that affect farm production in other states
A member of Congress from Iowa who proposed an amendment to prevent states from regulating the farm animal production in other states during the farm bill deliberations in 2013 has introduced a similar amendment to the 2018 farm bill.
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Herbruck’s: Building egg farm a ‘complex process’

Company remains focused on establishing a cage-free egg operation in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Nearly two years after Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch announced its intent to build an egg-production facility in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, the company is patiently waiting to start construction.
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