Poultry and meat inspection will continue during a government shutdown, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials told the media yesterday. 

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Per capita consumption of chicken in the United States is increasing again after three years of decline driven by the economic recession, National Chicken Council Chairman Bernard Leonard told an audience of food writers and editors in Charleston, South Carolina, this week. 

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NCC Chairman Bernard Leonard recently presented the sons of two of the industry’s pioneers who died recently with framed proclamations by the NCC Board of Directors honoring their role in the growth of the industry. 

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Corn usage for ethanol production during 2010-11 was increased by 50 million bushels to 5.000 billion bushels when compared with the March estimate and is 9.5 percent greater than the 4.568 billion bushels in 2009-10, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report issued today by USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board. 

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South Korea has indicated its intentions to issue a temporary duty-free import quota for 50,000 metric tons of chicken, one million breeder chicks, and 50,000 tons of “ingredients for livestock processing.” 

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The National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), and the National Turkey Federation have joined the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) authority to implement a program based on flawed assumptions that EPA has failed to address which could also destroy agricultural jobs in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued an advance copy this week of a Federal Register Notice announcing the Agency’s intent to impose mandatory test and hold for specific meat and poultry products. 

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The Senate this week passed legislation (H.R.4) to repeal the expanded reporting requirement for IRS Form 1099. 

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week they are seeking comments and scientific data to update their 2003 risk assessment of foodborne Listeria monocytogenes

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The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published a correction this week to its January 20 final regulation governing when scales must be tested. 

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Consumers are experiencing “sticker shock” at the retail meat case as prices shoot up, Sherry Frey of the Perishables Group told the NCC-U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Food Media Seminar in Charleston, South Carolina, this week.  Average retail prices of meat and poultry items increased 8.8 percent in January compared to the same month in 2010, she said.

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The restaurant business continues to struggle with flat demand related to the high level of unemployment in the country, Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms, Laurel, Mississippi, told food writers and editors at the NCC-USPOULTRY Food Media Seminar in Charleston, South Carolina, this week. 

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