The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recently recognized 215 chicken and turkey facilities with safety awards. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

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The Crop Production report issued Wednesday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecasted soybean and corn production up from 2019. Soybean production is up 25% from last year, forecast at 4.42 billion bushels; corn growers are expected to increase their production 12% from 2019, forecast at a record high 15.3 billion bushels.

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A new report released yesterday by Oxfam America is claiming that poultry production is coming at the expense of worker safety and while companies increased some safety measures, conditions are now “backsliding.”

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According to media reports, the Chinese government this week announced that a sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

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Two animal rights activist organizations, Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary, yesterday sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal court for “failing to require humane handling of poultry at slaughter, resulting in adulterated (i.e., damaged or contaminated) products that violate the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).”

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The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Defend the Flock public education campaign this week announced the availability of a full suite of resources for poultry owners and handlers. These materials will help anyone who owns or works with poultry to be a #FlockDefender and practice good biosecurity in order to protect our nation’s flocks from infectious disease.

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Chicken exports in June 2020 increased 0.5 percent in quantity and decreased 10.9 percent in value when compared with June 2019.

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The 2020 forecast for total meat production is lowered slightly from last month as decreases in pork production more than offset higher poultry and beef production. Broiler and turkey production reflect June production data; no changes are made to forecasts for the outlying quarters according to USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), purchased chicken products as indicated below for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2020.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending August 15, 2020 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 170,368,000 broilers, a 2-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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