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Brazil’s BRF gets nod to export wings to Canada

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazilian food processor BRF said on Tuesday Canada has authorized chicken wing exports from two of its plants located in top farm state Mato Grosso. BRF has been seeking to sell more products to Canada to strengthen its position in developed markets and also shore up competition against domestic rivals

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Risk of human spread of H5N8 bird flu deemed low

Seven people infected but asymptomatic, WHO says

Geneva | Reuters — The risk of human-to-human spread of the H5N8 strain of bird flu appears low after it was identified for the first time worldwide in farm workers in Russia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. A separate influenza strain, H1N1, that emerged from pigs and spread rapidly worldwide among humans


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Six die in liquid nitrogen leak at U.S. poultry plant

Atlanta | Reuters — At least six people were killed and 12 others hospitalized on Thursday in liquid nitrogen leak at a northeastern Georgia poultry plant, officials said. Five people died at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville, about 35 km northeast of Atlanta, before they could be taken to a hospital, and one

Thai researcher wonders if chicken feathers on the menu might fly

Thai researcher wonders if chicken feathers on the menu might fly

Prototypes included ‘chicken nuggets’ and a steak substitute, which received positive reviews from some

Reuters – A Thai researcher keen to recycle waste has begun experiments with a new potential food source: chicken feathers. “Chicken feather contains protein and if we are able to serve this protein to others in the world, the demand from everyone… will help reduce waste,” researcher Sorawut Kittibanthorn told Reuters this December. Sorawut is

The USDA building in Washington, D.C. (Art Wager/iStock/Getty Images)

USDA unveils more COVID-19 aid, mostly for livestock farmers

Funds earmarked for farmers under contract

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday it will pay an additional US$2.3 billion in COVID-19 aid to farmers, directing more money to livestock producers suffering from disruptions in slaughtering and restaurant demand for meat. The aid, which comes from money allocated to USDA from previous pandemic stimulus legislation, follows


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COVID outbreak shuts Nova Scotia poultry plant

Province closes Eden Valley for at least two weeks

Provincial officials have temporarily shut a chicken and turkey slaughter and processing plant in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, citing recent cases of COVID-19 among employees. Eden Valley Poultry’s processing plant at Berwick will be closed “for at least two weeks,” the provincial health department said in a release Friday. “We know this will be a

Holiday meals are on hold this year, driving down demand for large turkeys.

COVID-19 surge sliced U.S. demand for big Thanksgiving turkeys

Supply chains, often set months ahead of time, struggled to adjust ahead of the major U.S. holiday

Reuters – All summer, Greg Gunthorp slaughtered and froze 15- to 24-pound turkeys on his northeastern Indiana farm for Thanksgiving sales to retailers, restaurants and families across the Midwest. But as surging COVID-19 cases prompted U.S. cities and states to urge Americans to stay home just weeks before the holiday, customers swapped out orders for whole birds for smaller turkey breasts. As



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Quebec poultry packer to shut ex-Maple Leaf plant

Giannone to close Drummondville facility

The new owner of an antibiotic-free poultry processing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region is set to shut the plant next week after a “thorough review” of its condition. Volaille Giannone announced Friday it will close the former Avicomax plant at Drummondville effective Nov. 6, after having bought it from Maple Leaf Foods in July for

The Exceldor Co-operative poultry processing plant in Blumenort, Man.

COVID cases confirmed at Blumenort poultry processor

Plant processing as usual, but contingency plans in place say turkey, chicken producers

[UPDATED: Oct. 21, 2020] Twenty-seven workers at Blumenort’s Exceldor Co-operative poultry processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19 the company confirmed Oct. 21. The plant remains open and processing as usual. The company says there is no evidence of workplace transmission. *“As far as our operations are concerned, we do not foresee any major impact