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Thursday 29th October 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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US Poultry Industry Under Fire for Poor Working Conditions

This week, the charity Oxfam America called on top poultry companies in the US to commit to workers' rights, following its report into industry working conditions.

Oxfam America said in the report that poultry workers in the US suffer extremely high rates of injury, earn poverty level wages, and work in a climate of fear.

According to Oxfam, poultry processing workers at top US companies such as Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, and Perdue suffer carpal tunnel syndrome seven times more often than workers in all other industries and suffer occupational illnesses at five times the rate.

Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America said: “The industry is booming, profits are climbing, but poultry workers remain trapped at the bottom. Oxfam believes the consumer has tremendous power to put pressure on these companies to change their unfair policies and ensure that workers can assert their rights without fear of retribution.”

Tyson Foods recently announced it would be increasing pay for poultry plant workers to a starting rate of at least $10 an hour for one-third of its workforce.

In a response to Oxfam's report, Tyson said: "While we appreciate Oxfam America’s efforts, we don’t agree with everything in its report, which includes comments from former workers as well as union advocates and other interest groups known for their criticism of our industry. We believe we’re doing the right thing by our Team Members, however, we always push to do better." – read more.

Fifteen members of the House of Representatives wrote to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) asking for a crack down on abusive labour practices in the poultry industry following the publication of the report – read more.

In other news, McDonald's Canada this week announced that it would be sourcing only chicken raised without medically-important antibiotics, although its suppliers will retain the use of ionophores.

Chicken Farmers of Canada said in a statement that the move is "consistent with the overall direction of the Canadian chicken industry" - read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

The Importance of Day Old Chick Quality
A 1-day old chick has the potential to become a broiler chicken, a layer or breeder. Given this versatility, the quality of day old chicks (DOCs) matters immensely to poultry businesses. This article addresses key development stages, focusing on most frequent disturbances in the field and relevant solutions.

Company News

Ross Seminar Supports Developing Ugandan Market
UGANDA - Ross® recently hosted two seminars in Uganda, along with its Parent Stock customer Biyinzika Poultry International Ltd., attracting well over 100 delegates over the two days.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Lessons Learned Program Offered at 2016 IPPE
US - The “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza – Lessons Learned” programme, sponsored by the United Egg Producers and US Poultry & Egg Association and held in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), will provide a valuable opportunity to learn about the recent outbreak of avian influenza in the United States from people who were actively involved in controlling the disease.
Hy-Line International Internal Technical Services Manager Elected by Peers
US - Hy-Line International, the world leader in layer poultry genetics, announces the election of Dr Travis Schaal, DVM, internal technical services manager for Hy-Line, to president of the Association of Poultry Primary Breeders Veterinarians.
Nutriad Sponsored Symposium on Intestinal Health and Poultry Production
BELGIUM - Nutriad was the proud sponsor of the IHSIG symposium, which was held in Ghent (Belgium) on 15-16 October 2015.
Meat Institute Announces Annual Awards Luncheon at 2016 IPPE
US - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) will honor industry leaders at its Annual Awards Luncheon at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Information exchange at the heart of latest Aviagen European Technical Managers meeting
AUSTRIA - Technical Managers from across Aviagen®’s European business units came together recently in Bad St Leonard, Austria, to enhance their knowledge and skills while sharing market developments from across the continent.
Halamid Reaffirms Virucidal Power
GLOBAL - Newcastle disease (ND) is one of the main, global viral diseases affecting the poultry industry. It is a highly contagious disease and present in all kinds of farmed and wild birds. Due to its omnipresence in wild birds, the eradication of the disease is impossible and farm owners should always be aware of the possibility of infection.
African Technical Seminar Features Hands-on Learning
ZAMBIA - Thirty five delegates attended a three-day Cobb breeder, hatcheries and veterinary seminar at Lusaka, Zambia, hosted by African Poultry Development, the group name of Hybrid Poultry (Zambia), Kenchic (Kenya), Interchic and Tanbreed (Tanzania).
Back by Demand: AFIA Offers Feed Production Education Program at IPPE
US – The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host its free Feed Production Education Program on Jan. 28, 2016, as part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The case for ionophores: How they're different from other antibiotics - and why it matters
Ionophores are unlike other classes of antibiotics and are not considered important to human health by leading public health and regulatory agencies.
Brand-new Online Resource: Merial Launches
GLOBAL - Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi, announces the launch of
Ladies Luncheon at Mississippi Poultry Convention a Huge Success
US - The ladies luncheon at the annual convention of the Mississippi Poultry Association gave guests the chance to test their artistic abilities with a distinctly nautical theme.
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