“Consumers want to be sure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives. The people and companies involved in raising chickens share the public’s concern,” the National Chicken Council said yesterday in a press release in response to a New York Times article by Nikolas Kristoff about welfare on broiler farms and a video by Compassion in World Farming, an animal rights activist group.

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The H5 avian influenza virus has been detected on poultry farms in Canada in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, officials in British Columbia confirmed on Tuesday this week.

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Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) said yesterday it was implementing temporary restrictions on imports of poultry meat and poultry products from the United States because of “harmful residues.” 

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Though members of the National Chicken Council donate to various causes year-round, the holiday season brings together even more product donations in the fight against hunger. Many members spread holiday cheer throughout November and continuing into December through partnering with hunger-relief organizations.

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“In an age when consumers have become increasingly suspicious of processed food, the Internet has become a powerful platform for activists who want to hold Big Food accountable,” begins a story posted yesterday at the NPR blog The Salt about Vani Hari, known on the Web as “Food Babe.”

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USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on December 2 purchased chicken fajita strips as indicated below for distribution to the school lunch child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for fiscal year 2015.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending December 6 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 163,603,000 broilers, a 10-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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