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Thursday 18th August 2016.
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Tyson Foods Under Pressure Over Worker, Chicken Welfare

One of the US's largest chicken processors, Tyson Foods, has been in the news over the past week due to abuse allegations by animal welfare campaigners and safety violations found by inspectors.

An undercover video, produced by animal welfare campaign organisation Compassion Over Killing, reportedly shows Tyson employees engaging in violent acts of abuse against chickens inside several different contract broiler breeder facilities in Virginia.

The video was sent to three county attorneys in Virginia and was later made available for Tyson to view, prompting the company to sack some of its workers.

Dr Christine Daugherty, vice president of sustainable food production for Tyson Foods, said: "I'm disgusted and outraged by what’s shown in this video. We do not tolerate animal abuse and have fired ten people who were members of this crew. It was an obvious decision.” – Click here to read more.

Inspectors from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified two repeated and 15 serious violations at a Tyson Foods chicken processing facility in Texas. The company now faces $263,498 in proposed fines.

The Department said that inspectors had found the violations after an employee suffered an amputation when his finger became stuck in an unguarded conveyor belt as he worked in the de-boning area and tried to remove chicken parts jammed in the belt.

“Tyson Foods must do much more to prevent disfiguring injuries like this one from happening,” said Dr David Michaels, assistant secretary of labour for Occupational Safety and Health – read more.



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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Differences in Water Quality Management Between Poultry and Pig Producers
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Biology of Coccidiosis-Causing Eimeria: an Example of Perfect Complexity
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Company News

Moy Park Farmers Recognised as ‘Cream of the Crop’ by Aviagen
UK - A group of Northern Ireland Moy Park farmers have been recognised for world class poultry production standards at a special awards ceremony held by global broiler breeder firm, Aviagen®.
Addressing Consumers’ Misconceptions about Antibiotic Use in Poultry
GLOBAL - Consumers’ limited exposure to poultry production fuels their misconceptions and concerns about the poultry industry, said Gary Thornton, editor of Poultry USA.
BIOMIN India Wins Best Poultry Healthcare Company Award
INDIA - BIOMIN India named ‘Best Poultry Healthcare Company’ at the IPJA Awards hosted by the Indian Poultry Journalist Association (IPJA) in Pune, India on 5 August 2016.
Celebrating 100 Years of Cobb in Characteristic Family Atmosphere
POLAND - How Cobb is meeting the needs of a more and more sophisticated European market was the focus of a two-day seminar in the Polish spa and ski resort of Bialka Tatrzanska, which also celebrated the 100 years of the company.
AB Vista Welcomes New Technical Sales Manager for Australasia
GLOBAL - AB Vista has expanded its global team with the appointment of nutrition expert Dr Ken Greaney, who joins the company as technical sales manager for Australasia.
Researchers Evaluate Significance of Infectious Bronchitis Virus Shedding
US - Shedding of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) into the environment by infected birds isn’t a significant problem if birds are well vaccinated, but it can be a problem for naïve birds, according to researchers at the University of Georgia.*
New Office Opens at Cobb Chinese Production Complex
CHINA - Cobb China held an official opening at the office on the site where the newly constructed hatchery and grandparent farm are located in Suzhou province.
Aviagen Kft Extends Ross Eastern European Reach
ALBANIA - Driza Limited confirmed as new Aviagen Kft customer
Merial Holds Third Avian Forum Asia in Japan
JAPAN - The 3rd Avian Forum Asia was held on 12 to 13 July at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay, in Tokyo, Japan.
Market Reports

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Global Poultry Industry News

   United States

Tyson Foods Fined Over Processing Plant Conditions after Amputation
CME: Large Soybean Harvest to Improve Feed Prices
Animal Welfare Activists Fight Fois Gras Production in US Courts
CME: Lower Feed Prices Expected to Boost US Meat Production in 2017
Record US Crop Production Forecast Good News for Feed Prices
CME: High Demand for Chicken Leg Parts
Tyson Foods Sacks Workers Over Chicken Abuse

   United Kingdom

SPAR Switching to Cage-Free Eggs by 2025
Consultation Opened on British Farming Post-Brexit

   Brazil

Scientists Use Nanotechnology for Egg Quality Improvements

   Colombia

Colombia's Largest Egg Producer Builds Manure Biogas Plant

   Canada

Canada's Broiler Production to Expand as Demand Strengthens

   Lithuania

Lithuania Considers Tax Cut on Meat to Boost Demand

   Global

McDonald's Under Pressure Over Antibiotics Use

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