In response to an inflammatory Washington Post article, “USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse,” the National Chicken Council this week released a statement reiterating that poultry processors consider the welfare of the birds the top priority.

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According to U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) “Quarterly Progress Reports on Salmonella and Campylobacter Testing of Selected Raw Meat and Poultry Products” released on October 25, the prevalence of Salmonella on raw young chicken carcasses is down 26 percent over the first quarter of 2013 and represents a decrease of over 55 percent during the past five years.

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Chicken exports in August this year were 301,123 metric tons valued at $375.02 million compared with 317,549 tons valued at $382.02 million in August 2012, a 5.2-percent decrease in quantity and a 1.8-percent decline in value.

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A successful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement could result in the European Union becoming one of the top three export market for U.S. poultry, Bill Roenigk, consultant and former senior vice president with the National Chicken Council, said at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday.

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Intended U.S. placements of broiler pullet chicks for the hatchery supply flock for September 2013 were 6,911,000, 3 percent above the 6,686,000 pullet chicks placed in September 2012, according to the “Chickens and Eggs” report issued yesterday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending November 2 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 157,524,000 broilers, a 6-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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