What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

EU parliament votes to ban use of cages

15 June, 2021 The use of cages in farming could be phased out in the European Union by 2027, following a vote by MEPs.
The vote came in response to a petition called "End the Cage Age," signed by 1.4 million EU citizens, which demands the phasing out of cages on farms.
Parliament's move now cranks up the pressure on the European Commission, which is expected to officially respond to the petition on June 30. The resolution passed with 558 votes in favor, 37 against and 85 abstentions. Read More

Atria Oyj : to include the carbon footprint of its poultry products in the packaging

13 June, 2021 Atria Oyj, a leading Finnish meat and food company, has expanded the calculation of the carbon footprint of its poultry products, and a label with the product's carbon footprint will now be added to all poultry packaging. The label shows the climate impact of the product's entire production chain in carbon dioxide equivalents. The carbon footprint has been calculated and noted per product item (kg Co2e2e / product). Poultry products with the carbon footprint label will be in shops around Finland in June.
Atria has set a goal of being a pioneer of sustainability in its industry. Read More

ALDF filed a lawsuit against the USDA

13 June, 2021 The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the government’s approval of poultry labels generally and the approval of labels for certain Perdue Farms products in particular. The U.S. Department of Agriculture violated the Poultry Products Inspection Act by its “consistent and categorical failure to consider graphics when reviewing and approving poultry product labels,” ALDF alleges in a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Read More

Nevada enacts cage-free legislation

11 June, 2021 Nevada announced it would become the 9th state in the U.S. to ban cages for hens. A newly passed bill bans the caging of hens in Nevada, and also requires eggs sold in the state to be from cage-free facilities, no matter where the eggs were produced. This legislation also requires specific enrichments for hens, like perches, dust-bathing areas, and nests, plus a minimum of one square foot (.09 square meters) per bird. The minimum space requirement goes into effect on July 1, 2022, and cage ban and enrichment requirements go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024. Read More

FAO and EPA signs MOU to improve productivity of the poultry industry

4 June, 2021 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Egyptian Poultry Association (EPA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further their partnership and provide support to improve the performance of the poultry industry. The MOU aims to achieve the common goals of the two parties in the field through providing advanced and innovative technological services to the various production systems of the poultry industry and to promote action in order to achieve integrated approaches for sustainability. Read More

Defra: Action plan for animal welfare

13 May, 2021 Defra has launched a new Animal Welfare Action Plan. The plan, covering farm animals, pets, and wildlife, aims to firmly establish the UK as a global leader in animal welfare. The plan covers more than 40 topics under five themes – sentience and enforcement, international trade and advocacy, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals – and includes a mixture of legislative and non-legislative changes.
Defra is considering a ban on enriched cages in the poultry sector, as part of a plan. Read More

Saudi Arabia halts import from 11 Brazilian poultry plants

10 May, 2021 Saudi Arabia has banned imports from 11 Brazilian poultry plants (seven owned by meat giant JBS). The measure was taken without explanation or prior notice.
Arab countries, which import halal products made under Muslim dietary standards, have for some time tried to reduce imports while boosting domestic meat production. Read More

Canada: $691M to help poultry and egg farmers

20 April, 2021 The Ministry of Agriculture announced this week that $691 million will be distributed over the next decade to the country’s 4,800 chicken, turkey and egg farmers. The support will come in two programs: one that will direct $630 million to egg and poultry farmers by funding operation improvements, and one that will fund promotional activities for turkey farmers ($36.5 million) and chicken farmers ($25 million). Read More

UK - Avian Influenza: Housing measures have been lifted

17 April, 2021 Chickens will be allowed outdoors again this month after the UK government lifted its indoor-housing order, imposed to reduce the risk of outbreaks of avian influenza. Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain in Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon, Cheshire and Kent were detected in November, leading officials to implement a prevention zone in England, Scotland and Wales. Read More

Court finds firms liable fipronil egg contamination scandal

13 April, 2021 Two disinfection firms in the Netherlands have been found liable for a 2017 food scandal that swept across Europe. Eggs were contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, which saw millions of chickens slaughtered.
The owners of a company, have been jailed for one year by a court in Zwolle.
Judges said the two owners of Chickfriend knowingly and deliberately used cancer-causing fipronil in their product, threatening the health of humans, animals and plants. Millions of eggs and 3.5 million chickens were destroyed when the banned chemical was found in eggs produced on hundreds of farms in 2017. The two menת denied knowing that fipronil was in the ‘miracle’ delousing agent, and blamed their Belgian supplier. But the court ruled that as the directors of a professional company, they should have been aware what the product contained. Read More

Utah eggs will be cage-free by 2025

29 March, 2021 On March 17, 2021, Utah’s legislature and Governor Spencer Cox of Utah passed a bill which will enforce changes to the Agricultural Code regarding egg-laying hens, effective January 1, 2025.
The U.S. egg market is moving in the cage-free direction. More consumers have been demanding cage-free eggs, and national grocery stores and restaurant chains, from Kroger and Target to McDonald’s and Starbucks, have said they would stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025. Read More

Food companies, are calling on EU policymakers to phase out cages for laying hens

18 March, 2021 Leading food companies across the EU sent a joint letter to the EU Commission and Members of the EU Parliament, calling for a phase out in the use of cages in farming, starting with enriched cages for laying hens.
Companies including Aldi Nord, Nestlé, Unilever, Barilla Group, Fattoria Roberti, Ferrero, Inter IKEA Group, Jamie Oliver Group, Le Groupement Les Mousquetaires, and Mondelēz International, co-signed the letter which emphasises that the business case for phasing out enriched cages for laying hens is strong, particularly at EU level. “Companies moving away from eggs from caged hens have paved the way for changing how EU farmed animals are kept. Cage-free systems are widespread, economically viable, and provide better living conditions for hens,” noted the letter. Read More

Russia may reduce poultry import tax for Brazil

17 March, 2021 The Russian government is discussing a reduction in import taxes on poultry meat from Brazil (which is one of the main suppliers) as a possible stabilization measure if other measures to limit price increases do not help.
Chicken and eggs are the most popular animal protein available to Russians, with domestic demand rising in the past 12 months while Russia's poultry production has been on the decline this year after some producers were hit by avian influenza outbreaks. Read More

European chicken production

USDA 6 March, 2021 EU-27+UK chicken meat production in 2021 is forecast to increase by 1.4 percent from 2020. This increase follows a 1.5% decline in 2020, a direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with total or partial lockdowns in most EU-27+UK countries including hotels, restaurants, and institution closures.
HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) outbreaks in late 2020 and early 2021 are not anticipated to negatively directly impact the EU chicken meat production in 2021 with the exception of Germany where HPAI mitigation includes extended strict sanitary measures in affected districts. However, the closure of some export markets such as South Africa for HPAI Member States may lead chicken meat producers to reduce the installment of new chicks grown for exports. Read More

Merck AH completes acquisition of Poultry Sense

26 February, 2021 Merck Animal Health (MSD AH) announced the completion of its acquisition of PrognostiX Poultry Limited d/b/a Poultry Sense Ltd. from its founding shareholders. Poultry Sense Ltd. is an innovator in health and environmental monitoring solutions for the poultry industry. In March 2019, Merck Animal Health invested in Poultry Sense Ltd., to support their development.
Poultry Sense Ltd., a privately held company located in Exeter, U.K., provides enhanced technology for poultry farmers to continuously track and analyze overall health performance for the life of the flock; it provides users the capability to measure, compare and record key health and environmental indicators captured by battery-powered, wireless sensors in the poultry barn, as well as to identify patterns and trends to predict health and well-being and, ultimately, prevent disease and improve performance. Read More

Ukraine: poultry exports down by 22% in Jan

Source: Unian.info 15 February, 2021 In January 2021 Ukraine exported 29,120 tonnes of poultry meat and offal, which was 22% down year-over-year. At the same time, exports in monetary terms soared by almost 27% to US$45.87 million (against US$36.14 million in January 2020). Major buyers of Ukrainian poultry in the first month of 2021 were Saudi Arabia (US$16.97 million, or 46.8% of total supplies), the United Arab Emirates (US$2.35 million, or 6.5%), and Hong Kong (US$1.95 million, or 5.4%).
Ukraine also reduced egg exports over the period under review to 3,680 tonnes, which was 68% down year-over-year. At the same time, egg exports more than halved in monetary terms, to US$4.18 million from US$10.48 million in January 2020. Read More

Will we see chickens in the backyards of houses in Geneva?

30 January, 2021 Geneva aldermen are open to at least discussing whether residents should be allowed to raise chickens in their backyards. They voted 10-0 to direct the city planner to write a proposed ordinance. Several made it clear, however, this doesn't mean they have been convinced it is a good idea. Alderman Jeanne McGowan is behind the proposal, saying residents have asked her to pursue the idea. She said her research has shown it can be a good activity for children, and that nearby towns that permit chickens have had few complaints about them. Read More

President Biden rejects proposal to increase chicken processing speeds

27 January, 2021 In 2018, then-president Donald Trump issued temporary waivers to 54 poultry plants, which allowed them to make significant increases to their slaughter line speeds. Employees in those plants are expected to process 175 birds per minute, while those at facilities that were not granted waivers process 140 birds per minute.
In the final weeks of his presidency, the Trump administration considered a proposal from the Department of Agriculture, which recommended permanently allowing a 25 percent line speed increase in all U.S. poultry plants. (A similar suggestion was made during Barack Obama's time in office, but it was not implemented due to concerns about worker safety.)
Now-President Biden withdrew the previous administration's proposed increase to poultry processing speeds, a move that was praised by both the United Food and Commercial Workers union and the Humane Society. Read More

Webinar: Diagnostic poultry pathology

22 January, 2021 The Davis Thompson Foundation Webinar Committee will conduce a webinar on Diagnostic poultry pathology:
From the necropsy room to the microscope: Part 2.
75 minutes of discussing gross and histopathologic lesions of poultry diseases by Dr Tahseen Aziz. Lesions will be described and correlated with the clinical disease. The etiology of some diseases will also be discussed. This is a must-attend webinar for those who wants to improve their skills in the diagnosis of poultry diseases. Read More

Egypt, Jordan, Yemen import more poultry from Brazil

Source: ANBA 19 January, 2021 Three Arab countries increased their poultry imports from Brazil in 2020 over 2019. One highlight was Egypt, at 58,700 tonnes, up 15% from the previous year. Yemen imported more, too, at 112,400 tonnes, up 6.1%, as well as Jordan at 56,800, up 18.9%.
The figures were disclosed by the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA).
Overall, poultry exports from Brazil were up 0.4% year on year in 2020 at 4.23 million tonnes for USD6.123 billion, down 12.5%.
The figures show that poultry sales from Brazil to Asia, Africa and Europe were up in 2020. Africa imported 555,700 tonnes throughout the year, up 5.1% from 2019.To the Middle East, though, exports were down 5.7% from 2019. The volume shipped was 1.355 million tonnes. Read More

Pilgrim’s Pride to pay $75M to resolve antitrust lawsuit

15 January, 2021 America’s top two chicken producers have reached agreements with buyers to settle complaints over price-fixing allegations.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., owned by Brazil’s JBS SA, said it will pay $75 million to settle the class action suit. Tyson Foods Inc. said in a separate statement that it had reached an “agreement in principle” without disclosing terms. Neither company admitted wrongdoing.
Both settlements require approval by a federal judge in Chicago.
The investigation, which covers alleges activities that took place between 2012 and 2019, was first brought on by a lawsuit filed by grocers and consumers alleging price-fixing between suppliers of broiler chickens. Read More

Egg Track 2020 report

3 January, 2021 The global EggTrack report tracks the progress made by companies towards achieving their goals of abandoning cages for laying hens by 2025 (2026 for some companies in the US). The report was designed to celebrate companies' public commitments and incentivize transparency by encouraging them to communicate gradual progress towards achieving their goals, while enabling conversations between companies to ensure successful conversion to a cage-free future.
The 2020 edition for the first time does not limit itself to analyzing the European and North American markets but offers a vision of the commitments to abandon the cages globally. Of the 210 companies included this year, 80 operate globally, 57 in North America and 73 in Europe. Read More