USDA’s final rule published today that amends the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (mCOOL) regulations for muscle cuts of meat and chicken will require a new and different statement on retail chicken packages.

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If U.S. agriculture or selected parts of U.S. agriculture are excluded from the soon-to-be officially-launched Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) final agreement or are placed into a “future negotiation” category, it will likely fail to win the overall support of the food and agricultural sector that will be needed to ensure final congressional approval of the agreement, the National Chicken Council and forty other agricultural organizations said in a jointly-signed letter to White House Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) nominee Michael Froman.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has instructed inspectors at plants that produce not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) comminuted poultry products that, beginning on June 1, they are to sample these products.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for April 2013 were 6,222,000,  a 5-percent  decrease from the 6,524,000 pullet chicks placed in April 2012, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending May 25 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 160,164,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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