The Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives Office (USTR) reported last week that the United States has completed its bilateral consultations with Japan regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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USDA’s broiler production forecast for 2013 was trimmed this month and is now expected to be 37.504 billion pounds, 15 million pounds less than the department’s estimate last month, but 2.3 percent more than the 36.643 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued this week from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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In comments filed yesterday with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the National Chicken Council requested that the proposed rule for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (mCOOL) not involve changing any label language for chicken.

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Canada is prepared to impose trade sanctions of up to C$1 billion (US$980 million) a year against the United States unless the new mandatory country-of-origin (mCOOL) rules comply with the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said this week.

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Alchemy Systems, LP, Austin, Texas, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied industry member company.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending April 13 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,022,000 broilers, a 2-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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