Twelve major agricultural organizations including the National Chicken Council have urged the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to improve its regulatory structure to foster a more competitive rail environment.

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has granted a 60-day extension for the comment period on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) action plan for combating antibiotic resistance.

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made available this week an advance copy of the final rule for interstate shipments of state-inspected meat and poultry products.

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve another three-year extension for its collection of information regarding specific poultry imports from Mexico.

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Taiwan and the Philippines have joined Japan and Mexico in imposing bans on poultry products from Missouri after an outbreak of H7N3 low-pathogenic avian influenza was found on a turkey farm in Polk County.

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NCC has dismissed as a “scare tactic” a study conducted by a law firm showing that raw chicken can test positive for the presence of a bacterium–Staphylococcus–that is also commonly found in humans.

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Less than 24 hours after Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed off on Iowa’s redistricting plan, Christie Vilsack, spouse of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, announced that she would be considering a challenge in the redrawn 4th district of Iowa that would set up a campaign with conservative five-term Republican Steve King.

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