India broke the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by banning imports of U.S. poultry because of unsubstantiated avian influenza fears, a World Trade Organization dispute panel  ruled on Tuesday.

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U.S. and Japanese officials will meet again next week in Australia to try to resolve outstanding agricultural and automotive issues blocking conclusion of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, a senior U.S. official said today in Tokyo.

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European Union member states are hoping for a “fresh start” in November for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after a new European Commission takes office and the U.S. midterm elections are complete, according to Bloomberg News.

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Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) is slated to speak at the National Chicken Council’s upcoming 60th Annual Conference scheduled October 29-30 at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. 

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U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and its foundation have announced two new board research initiatives focused on enhancing Salmonella control and requests researchers submit pre-proposals by November 7, 2014.

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House of Raeford announced recently that it will phase out all operations at its Raeford, North Carolina turkey cook plant within the next 60 days.

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Most employers that use the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system give it good marks, but concerns remain regarding continued improper use of the system, according to a Bloomberg News report on survey results released October 15 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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Please mark your calendar for  National Chicken Council meetings scheduled thus far in 2015.  A list of meeting dates and locations is available here.  For further information, contact Maggie Ernst, senior director of meeting and member services,  via email at mernst@chickenusa.org.

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Recognizing that consumers have questions and concerns about how and why antibiotics are used to treat and prevent disease in chickens, the National Chicken Council has created a new infographic to help consumers better understand the role of antibiotics in raising chickens.

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DSM Upgrades its NCC Membership

On October 17, 2014, in NCC News

DSM  has upgraded its membership with the National Chicken Council from allied member to allied leader.  James M Kessler, senior technical support manager, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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In a new consumer outreach effort, McDonald’s is looking to answer customers’ questions through behind-the-scenes websites and other social media.

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An increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports The NPD Group.

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