“We plan to respond to a letter from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sent yesterday to the National Chicken Council” regarding animal welfare guidelines, Tom Super, National Chicken Council vice president of communications, said yesterday in a statement

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Broiler production next year is now forecast to be 38.484 billion pounds, 149 million pounds more than last month’s forecast and 2.9 percent above the revised downward estimate of 37.387 billion pounds for 2013, according to the November edition of the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate” (WASDE) report from USDA.

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Chicken exports in September this year decreased 3.4 percent in quantity and slipped 1.4 percent in value over a year earlier.

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Broiler production in major countries is expected to reach 86,982,000 metric tons in 2014, 2.8 percent above the 84,640,000 tons estimated for 2013, according to the “Livestock and Poultry: World Market and Trade” report issued this month by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued the following statement earlier this week following a news release from the office of Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) regarding equivalency for China’s poultry slaughter system.

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It was reported on Wednesday by The Hill that “crucial players in the American food industry are pressing for legislation that would institute a national voluntary labeling system for products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

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Mark Simmons, chairman of Simmons Foods, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, will be inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2014, the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business has announced.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter for the week ending November 16 is estimated by USDA-AMS’s Poultry Market News Service to be 155,934,000 broilers, a 3-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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