Korea’s Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MIFAFF) issued notice 2011-220 effective May 11 for a tariff rate quota (TRQ) of 50,000 metric tons (mt) of chicken with a zero import duty, according to a May 12 USDA Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN Report.

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Groups representing the poultry, livestock, and meatpacking industries have urged a group of six key U.S. Senators to abandon the ethanol tax subsidy that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars per year and driving up the cost of food to American consumers.

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The battle lines are drawn in the U.S. Senate over the ethanol subsidy, with competing bills to eliminate or extend it.

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In a letter delivered yesterday to the Chairmen of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committee, the National Chicken Council and over 70 other organizations and companies urged that “consideration be given to providing flexibility in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) so that we have the ability to respond to market signals and grow adequate grains and oilseeds to provide basic food stuffs to world consumers.”

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NCC is strongly protesting as “outrageously untrue” report on KSDK-TV in St. Louis that repeated, without verification, an Internet posting on the composition of chicken nuggets.

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The National Chicken Council, along with 14 other groups representing food and beverage manufacturers, sent a letter yesterday to Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell urging Congress to take quick action on a variety of important trade initiatives.

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The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has created a storm relief fund to help those that have suffered damage as a result of the tornados and associated storms that struck the Southeast last week.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued yesterday an interim final rule that allows the agency to detain on its own administrative authority food or feed products it believes are adulterated or misbranded.

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Dr. Roger Beachy has announced his resignation as director of the U.S. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), effective May 20.

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Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Center will conduct a two-and-a-half day HACCP workshop for meat and poultry processors on June 1-3 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Arrowsight has upgraded its NCC membership to allied leader from allied member.

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Gold’n Plump Poultry Inc. has changed its name to GNP Company to reflect its transformation from a company selling a single brand to a multi-brand company.

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Kemin Industries and American Dehydrated Foods (ADF) have announced that they have reached an agreement on acquisition terms allowing Kemin to purchase property, equipment, and assets related to ADF’s spray-drying technology for products used in premium and super-premium pet food.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending May 7 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 159,682,000 broilers, a 4-percent decrease from the same week a year earlier.

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