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LABELS DO PERSUADE

Consumer perceptions of poultry can be influenced by packaging that touts sustainable or “organic” claims, according to a new study from a graduate student at the University of Arkansas. Researcher Shilpa Samant found that using such wording like “organic” or “no hormones added” on labels provided what her paper on the study described as “higher… read more

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MEAT MERGER

Poultry company Perdue Farms will buy natural meat maker Niman Ranch, which is Chipotle Mexican Grill’s biggest pork supplier. The acquisition was announced Tuesday.

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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

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he’s disappointed that the Obama administration has turned down Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state’s poultry producers recover from losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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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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BIRD FLU DECLINING

The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic, is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, said John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA.

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WALMART RULES

Walmart has announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to change the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.

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EGG SUPPLY AND BIRD FLU

About 10% of the U.S. egg-laying flock has been wiped out and the financial toll of the worst U.S. bird-flu outbreak in history is soaring. The fast-spreading virus has resulted in the deaths or extermination of at least 38.9 million birds, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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FAIR BANS

Iowa will join Minnesota, New York and other states in banning chickens, turkeys and other poultry from state and county fairs to prevent the spread of bird flu this summer.

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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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