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CHICKEN CONSUMPTION UP

USDA’s Economic Research Service says 57.7 pounds of chicken per person on a boneless, edible basis were available for Americans to eat in 2013, compared to 53.6 pounds of beef and 43.4 pounds of pork. 

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AVIAN FLU IMPACTS

The primary price impact of the Avian Flu outbreak is on eggs (“white eggs in carton”, “dried eggs”, “liquid eggs”, and “frozen eggs”). USDA Market News reports indicate that shell egg prices have risen 20% since mid-April in the Midwest.  Smaller price impacts are being felt on turkey and chicken meat, IFB’s Mike Doherty says.

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TYSON UPDATE

Tyson Foods announced today it is striving to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. Tyson Foods is also forming working groups with independent farmers and others in the company’s beef, pork and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of… read more

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PILGRIM’S PRIDE

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. poultry processor, plans to eliminate all antibiotics from a quarter of its chicken production by 2019, up from about 5% currently, according to its chief executive.

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EGG AND BACON PROMOTION

The egg industry is ordering up a side of Kevin Bacon. The American Egg Board says it plans to launch a print and online ad campaign this week featuring the “Footloose” actor and puns using his last name. The group says it’s the first time it’s using a Hollywood celebrity in a major campaign.

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WHERE’S THE BEEF

McDonald’s Corp.’s announcement that it will curb #antibiotic use in its U.S. chicken products raises an obvious question: Where’s the antibiotic-free beef? Today’s Wall Street Journal reports sourcing beef is more complex and fragmented than for chicken.

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ANTIBIOTIC-FREE

McDonald’s Corp. announced today its U.S. restaurants will stop selling chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health. McDonald’s said it plans to make the changes over the next two years, working with its chicken suppliers, which include Tyson Foods.

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ROBOT CHICKEN

Researchers at SINTEF, an independent research organization in Scandinavia, have built a robot called Gribbot to extract breast fillets from chickens, normally done by human hands.

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NEW CHICKEN KING

Chick-fil-A has surpassed KFC as the top chicken fast food chain with $5 billion in sales during 2013. Chick-fil-A has 1,775 U.S. stores, while KFC has 4,491. Chick-fil-A is also open only six days a week.

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CARGILL AND ANTIBIOTICS

Cargill’s Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White brands are now offering fresh, whole turkeys and fresh, bone-in turkey breasts raised without growth-promoting antibiotics, the company announced. Antibiotics will still be used to treat and prevent illness. Earlier this year, Tyson and Purdue announced similar actions with chickens.

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