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HOW FAST IS TOO FAST?

To keep up with international competitors, the U.S. poultry industry is looking to increase line speeds at slaughter plants across the country. “It has proven safe for the safety of our workers and is has benefited American consumers as well,” said Tom Super, spokesperson for the National Chicken Council. Critics say the increased speeds are… read more

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DON’T COUNT YOUR #CHICKENS…

The U.S. poultry industry is trying to figure out why, over the first five months of the year, the percentage of eggs hatching broiler chickens fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. Officials believe the numbers could be falling off due to new varieties of fast-growing chickens which are overheating or an… read more

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U.S. EXPORTS TO #MEXICO FALL

Tensions about #NAFTA are starting to cut into sales for farmers while they continue to struggle with low commodity prices and excess global supply. Over the first four months of 2017, Mexican imports of U.S. soybean meal dropped 15% – the first decrease for the period in four years, according to the USDA. Shipments for… read more

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CAGE-FREE EGGS

Costco says that it has already made major strides toward a cage-free egg supply: In 2006, only 2% of the eggs it sold were cage-free, now 26% are. Meanwhile, Subway announced this week it’s started its 10-year transition to cage-free eggs.

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CAGE-FREE UPDATE

General Mills will use cage-free eggs by 2025. The Minnesota-based company, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups and Yoplait yogurt, initially announced its plans to go cage-free in July, but updated its animal welfare policy Tuesday to establish a 10-year time frame.

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PANERA GOING CAGE-FREE

Within five years, Panera Bread Co. says its U.S. restaurants will stop using eggs from hens confined in cages. Panera said that by 2020, its menu would move to 100 percent cage-free, following other restaurant chains including McDonald’s and Starbucks that have made similar pledges in recent weeks.

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STARBUCKS GOES CAGE-FREE

Starbucks will switch to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens at its North American locations within five years, the company told Reuters on Thursday. The pledge follows similar moves by McDonald’s, Burger King, and food services company Sodexo SA.

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McDONALD’S GOING CAGE-FREE

McDonald’s Corp. plans to stop using eggs from chickens raised in cages in the U.S. and Canada over the next decade. The company has faced pressure from animal-rights advocates to make its supply chain more humane, says the Wall Street Journal.

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OUNCE OF PREVENTION

To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said this week it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm.

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BIRD FLU LOWERS CHICKEN PRICES?

The outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest that’s boosted prices for eggs and turkeys has actually resulted in cheaper chicken in the U.S., as many countries restrict imports of poultry products, the Department of Agriculture said in a report released Tuesday.

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