Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) notice 57-12 outlines the young chicken classes that are included in FSIS’s carcass-based Salmonella and Campylobacter verification testing program.

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USDA’s monthly “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE) report this week confirmed further deterioration in this year’s U.S. corn harvest, thus exacerbating an already dire situation, the National Chicken Council and other animal agricultural organizations said in a press release Wednesday.

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Corn and soybean yield and production projections for this year were decreased as the U.S. Corn Belt continues to suffer through the worst drought since at least 1956.

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USDA’s broiler production forecast for next year was further trimmed and is now expected to be 35.966 billion pounds, 143 million pounds less than USDA’s August estimate and 1.1 percent below the revised downward level of 36.374 billion pounds for 2012, according to the “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report this week from the World Agricultural Outlook Board.

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Chicken exports in July this year were 306,866 metric tons valued at $384.43 million compared with 333,150 tons valued at $395.42 million in July 2011, a 7.9-percent decrease in quantity and a 2.8-percent decline in value.

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In comments filed this week with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC), the National Chicken Council (NCC) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) expressed their support and offered suggested conditions for having Mexico and Canada included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

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The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and several U.S. chicken companies have jointly filed an appeal with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) against Mexico’s anti-dumping action on U.S. chicken leg quarters.

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