The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released recommendations to address shortages of personal protective equipment in the food and agriculture industry during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.K. Trade Secretary Elizabeth Truss and other staff are scheduled to continue virtual trade talks in the weeks of June 15 and June 22.

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The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s draft report webcast meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, June 8, will now take place via webcast on Wednesday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. EDT, according to a notice from the Committee. Registration will open soon.

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Poultry certified wholesome during April 2020 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.09 billion  pounds, down 1-percent from the amount certified in April 2019.

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Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2020 totaled 774 million, down 6 percent from April 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 661 million on May 1, 2020, down 6 percent from a year ago.

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), purchased chicken fillets and chicken strips 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 May 30, 2020 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 150,029,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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