The passage on Wednesday by wide margins – an 81-18 vote in the Democratic-led Senate, followed by a 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled House – allows the U.S. to avoid default and ends the shutdown that began Oct. 1.

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Foster Farms company leaders said Thursday in an interview with the Modesto Bee they are vowing to win back consumers with improved sanitation and other measures, including more intensive sanitizing of work surfaces and equipment and vaccination against this type of salmonella for the hens and roosters that produce the chickens raised for meat.

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The National Chicken Council has put together the following questions and answers about the Salmonella health alert issued by FSIS and the CDC investigation of illnesses linked to the consumption of raw chicken in California and other states. 

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Costco’s El Camino Real store in San Francisco is recalling an additional 14,093 units of rotisserie chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella, USDA announced

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday announced that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) have cancelled or postponed publication of selected USDA statistical reports impacted by the lapse in federal funding.

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Both chambers have appointed conferees for the farm bill, and this week the four principals – Sen. Debbie Stabenow – (D-MI) and Ranking Member Sen. Thad Cochran – (R-MS) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas – (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collins Peter – (D-MN) met and agreed that meetings on the farm bill could begin the week of October 28, when the Senate returns to Washington.

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After weeks of investigation, the Animal Agriculture Alliance has concluded that the Meatless Monday Campaign is grossly misrepresenting the campaign’s enrollment and prevalence among schools, restaurants, hospitals and colleges. Since the inception of the Meatless Monday campaign, the Alliance has closely monitored the campaign’s progress and tried to correct its misinformation about the healthfulness of meat consumption and environmental impact of livestock production.

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Alltech has opened its newly extended European Headquarters at the site of its facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland, in response to the company’s growing presence in Europe.

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JBT FoodTech, a part of JBT Corporation, signed a contract worth more than $4.5 million to provide freezing solutions to the Middle East business of a global food provider.

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O. K. Foods, Inc., a Bachoco company, has been awarded the Arkansas Recycling Coalition’s 2013 Corporate Recycler of the Year Award.  

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