What's new ? - 2017

What's new ? - 2017

OSHA: Tyson Foods & Pilgrim’s Pride near the top for severe injuries

29 April, 2017 A new report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found that chicken and meat processing workers faced some of the highest risks for severe injuries (data on severe injuries reported to the agency from Jan. 2015 to Sept. 2016).
180 severe injuries were reported to OSHA by poultry processing firms during the period, making poultry processing rank 12th among industries with the highest employer severe injury reporting in the U.S.
Two smaller companies that stand out among those reporting large numbers of severe workplace injuries are both in the chicken and meat processing industry: Tyson Foods, with one-tenth the size of Walmart’s workforce (approximately 93,000 workers nationwide), has the fourth-highest number of reported severe injuries; and JBS/Pilgrim’s Pride, another poultry and meat company, holds the sixth-highest spot. Read More

India a fast growing processed meat and poultry market

25 April, 2017 India is currently second fastest growing processed meat and poultry market globally with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22%. Indonesia stands first in this category with 26.7% CAGR between 2011 and 2015 followed by Vietnam at 15.5%, China at 13.9% and Brazil at 10.9%. Read More

Taiwan: FDA finds high dioxin levels in eggs

22 April, 2017 Excessive dioxin residues have been found in eggs from three chicken farms in Changhua County. The FDA ordered the farms to immediately suspend sales and retailers to take merchandise from the farms off their shelves. The farms have between 80,000 and 90,000 chickens which are estimated to produce 65,000 eggs per day. Read More

Iran: Livestock, Poultry Exports Earn $1.2b

22 April, 2017 More than $1.2 billion worth of livestock and poultry products were exported over the 11 months to February 18, registering a $554.7 million trade surplus in the sector.
Around 62,600 tons of chicken worth $77.3 million, 750,000 tons of milk ($683 million) and 800,000 tons of eggs ($53.5 million) were exported during the 11-month period. Read More

Activist organisation places stickers on egg cartons in-store

Source: with permission from egg-cite.com 22 April, 2017 A group of animal rights movement, Direct Action Everywhere have placed deprecating stickers on egg cartons in stores.
The tactic is similar to the action by a deranged individual in the New England states who places GMO stickers on food products. Read More

Canada: new Code of Practice for Egg Production

1 April, 2017 The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has endorsed new Code of Practice for Egg Production. The National Farm Animal Care Council code calls for producers to work toward phasing out the use of small, cramped cages for hens over the next 15 years, and sets new care standards for the birds. It is expected that conventional battery cages will be phased out by 2036. Last May, Retail Council of Canada members including Loblaw, Metro Inc., Overwaitea Food Group, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc., and Wal-Mart Canada Corp., announced they plan to purchase cage-free eggs by the end of 2025. Read More

Brazil meat scandal

24 March, 2017 Brazilian investigators charge that health inspectors were bribed to overlook the sale of expired meats. Police also allege that the appearance and smell of expired meats was improved by using chemicals and cheaper products like water and manioc flour.
Police named BRF SA and JBS SA, along with dozens of smaller rivals, in a two-year probe into how meatpackers allegedly paid off inspectors to overlook practices including processing rotten meat, shipping exports with traces of salmonella and simply not carrying out inspections of plants. JBS is the world's largest meat producer and BRF the biggest poultry exporter. Read More

NCC and slow-growing broilers

28 January, 2017 The National Chicken Council recently released a report on the environmental and economic impact of converting to slow-growing strains. Converting only one-third of U.S. broiler production, estimated to attain 41,550 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken in 2017, to slow-growing strains would require an additional 1.5 billion birds annually to produce the same quantity currently produced with highly selected broiler strains. Read More

Poultry Production in Poland

Gain Report - USDA 12 January, 2017 In 2015 Polish poultry production amounted to 2,386,000 MT and was 7 percent higher than in the previous year. The increase of production stems from growing domestic consumption, as consumers substitute beef with poultry which is perceived as healthier and cheaper meat, and increasing exports mainly to other EU member states.
Poultry meat production consists mainly of chicken broilers (81%), turkey broilers (14%) which are in demand for the domestic meat processing industry, and ducks and geese which are mainly exported to Western Europe, mainly Germany. It is estimated that in 2016 poultry production will increase by additional 15 percent in comparison to 2015. Poultry meat productionis based on locally produced grains (mainly corn) and 2 million tons of soybean meal imported mainly from South America or the United States. Read More