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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The Members to Atlanta (M2A) program offers complimentary access to the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo and is available to the member firms of USPOULTRY and NCC engaged in the production of poultry and egg products.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending December 21 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 156,155,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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