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European pecking enrichment introduced to US, Canada

Control of birds' natural instinct to peck may help reduce cannibalism, and therefore increase efficiency
Protekta, an affiliate of global animal health company Vilofoss, has announced the introduction of the new PECKStone, is now available for American and Canadian poultry producers.
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Beyond Meat hopes to raise $183.8 million in IPO

With additional funds, company wants to expand its production, research & development and marketing initiatives
Plant-based protein company Beyond Meat has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering (IPO).
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Woman arrested in connection with Tyson farm fire

Officials continue to investigate fire that occurred April 5 in Tecumseh, Nebraska, and resulted in the loss of 22,000 birds
A Nebraska woman has been arrested on arson and other charges in connection with an April 5 fire at a broiler farm owned by Tyson Foods.
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Hongwei Xin recognized for service to egg industry

The egg industry stood in appreciation at the EIC issues forum to acknowledge the advances Xin has helped create at Iowa State and the EIC
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Hongwei Xin, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, as UTIA’s new dean for AgResearch.
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New avian flu virus detected in Cambodia

Avian influenza cases also confirmed in Mexico, Nigeria and Taiwan
An H5N6 variant of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus has been detected for the first time in poultry in Cambodia, and new cases have been confirmed in Mexico, Nigeria, and Taiwan.
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Angola becomes third largest importer of US chicken

African country imported 191,187 metric tons of U.S. frozen chicken leg quarters alone in 2018
Angola became the third largest importer of chicken from the United States, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
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Lawsuit claims USDA ignores fecal contamination concerns

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleges USDA does little to address worries over fecal contamination of chicken and other meats
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which has a history of advocating for a vegan diet, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging the agency ignores concerns over fecal contamination of chicken and other meat.
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Ireland imports barley as local grain remains in storage

Farmers furious that livestock feed producers favor imported grains
While Irish exports of agri-foods have chalked up a ninth year of annual growth, and the country’s beef and pork have been granted access to the Ukrainian market, barley growers are furious that their grain remains stuck in storage.
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