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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Bird Flu could claim an additional 4 million of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease, according to Iowa agriculture officials.

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BIRD FLU

About 5.3 million laying hens in northwest Iowa will be destroyed after tests confirmed a second outbreak of avian influenza in the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.  State officials say the impacted farm accounts for nearly 10% of Iowa’s egg production.

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DUNKIN’ DONUTS

Dunkin’ Donutsis looking to transition to all cage-free eggs worldwide. Dunkin’ Donuts said Monday that 10% of eggs sourced for breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by 2016’s end. The company also said it will assess its international supply chain to figure out how feasible that will be.

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NO QUALITY DIFFERENCE

Egg-laying hens raised cage-free exhibit a wider range of natural behaviors than more-confined birds, but cage-free facilities have higher hen-mortality rates and lower air quality, according to industry-backed research published on Wednesday. The study also found no quality differences between cage-free and conventional eggs.

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PROP 2 FALLOUT

Rising egg prices due to implementation of California’s Proposition 2 is raising concerns. Chad Gregory, president of the Georgia-based United Egg Producers, which represents over 90% of the nation’s egg farmers, said the industry would adapt to consumer demands. Gregory tells the Chicago Tribune he hopes the federal government will eventually step in to provide… read more

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COSTLY EGGS

10 days before a groundbreaking animal welfare law takes effect in California, the price of conventional, “caged” chicken eggs has climbed so high that Sonoma County shoppers can pay less for cage-free brands.

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EGG LAWSUIT FAILS

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by six attorneys general challenging a California law requiring that eggs sold in the Golden State come from hens raised with enough space to stand up, turn around and spread their wings. Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the suit, saying the states did not prove California’s law would… read more

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