Americans eat about 160 million servings of chicken every single day, and 99.99 percent of those servings are consumed safely. 

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A bipartisan group of 13 U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle sent a letter last week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging him to move forward with a proposal to modernize the department’s poultry inspection system.

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After 17 years of being denied market access to the European Union, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) offers the “best, most viable opportunity” for U.S. poultry to once again be available to EU consumers, Bill Roenigk, consultant to the National Chicken Council, said this week at a stakeholders session conducted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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Brian Ronholm has been named acting under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety News reported earlier this week.  Ronholm temporarily replaces Elisabeth Hagen who now moves on to consulting firm Deloitte as a food safety senior advisor.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted to its website its final report of an audit of four poultry slaughter establishments conducted in the People’s Republic of China.

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NCC released the following statement in response to a petition filed on December 17 by Farm Sanctuary and the Animal Welfare Institute requesting that the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) amend its regulations under the Poultry Products Inspection Act to regulate practices and actions that they claim result in adulterated poultry products.

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In a letter sent today to Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Michael Scuse and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui nine of the major U.S. meat and poultry trade associations and the American Farm Bureau Federation announced they have  joined together to form the “Meat and Poultry Industry Trade Policy Council” or the “MPITPC.”

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President Obama announced this week his intention to nominate Darci L. Vetter for chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) with the rank of ambassador.

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The Senate on Wednesday voted 64 to 36 to pass a House-Senate budget deal that will set the stage for the appropriations committees to get allocations by the end of this week and to prepare a government funding bill by January 15.

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As expected, the 2013 farm bill will wait until January for passage.  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told reporters on Wednesday that a framework agreement is nearly completed and is on track to be announced shortly after January 1.

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The Food and Drug Administration has informed food industry groups that it will grant a 60-day comment period extension on its proposed trans fat phase out, according to a report in Politico.

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