Revised U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules continue to run afoul of international trade obligations, according to a decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel and reported by Bloomberg News.

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This following post by Kourtney Determan, NCC’s communications associate, is also posted on the Alliance to Feed the Future blog as a part of the World Food Day series themed “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.”

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The National Chicken Council, along with 103 other organizations representing a broad coalition of agribusinesses; retailers; wholesalers; importers; exporters; and transportation and logistics providers sent a letter this week to Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and James McKenna, chairman and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), urging the two organizations to complete contract negotiations that would resolve current congestion issues of the West Coast ports.

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Vegetarians and vegans may be harming their chances of having children after a study found that men who do not eat meat have significantly reduced sperm counts, according to the UK Telegraph.  Although a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can protect against many illnesses and can prolong life, it appears that it may also harm fertility.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) October 21 Chicken and Eggs Report is now available. To read the USDA report, click here.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) October 22 Cold Storage Report is now available. To read the USDA report, click here.

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Ross Industries, Inc., has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied member company.  Jamie Usrey, president of the Midland, Virginia-based company, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending October 25 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 160,090,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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