FDA proposes new food safety standards

January 15, 2013
FDA proposes new food safety standards

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has proposed two new food safety rules to help prevent foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules follow outreach by the FDA to the produce industry, the consumer community, other government agencies and the international community. Since January...

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Rendering symposium focus is high feed costs

January 15, 2013
Rendering symposium focus is high feed costs

ATLANTA, Ga. —  The International Rendering Symposium is returning to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. Sponsored by the National Renderers Association and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the symposium will focus on using rendered product to combat high feed costs. The two-day program is $150 to all registered Expo attendees. This year’s...

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USDA names 598 counties drought disaster areas

January 14, 2013
USDA names 598 counties drought disaster areas

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by USDA in 2013. “As drought persists, USDA will continue to...

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McDonald’s expands test flight for chicken wings

January 14, 2013
McDonald’s expands test flight for chicken wings

The Associated Press NEW YORK — First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald’s could be adding “Mighty Wings” to its chicken menu. The world’s biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago, after a successful run in Atlanta last year. The wings are expected...

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Perdue seeks up to $2.5M in poultry pollution case

January 11, 2013
Perdue seeks up to $2.5M in poultry pollution case

The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Perdue Farms is seeking up to $2.5 million in attorney fees following its victory in a poultry pollution case that had been closely watched by environmentalist and agriculture interests for its potential impact on the industry, a company spokeswoman said Jan. 9. The poultry giant is seeking to recoup...

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UND scientist receives grant for avian flu research

January 11, 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Dr. David Bradley, an immunologist at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, recently received a Centers of Research Excellence grant of $700,000 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to continue research on avian influenza antibodies that could help poultry farmers effectively combat outbreaks of...

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