Researchers breed pathogen-resistant chickens

On a poultry farm, there’s no substitute for a strong biosecurity program when it comes to fighting pathogens. However, a new blood test for chickens could make farmers’ battles against bacteria a little easier.

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a test that identifies roosters with naturally high levels of two immune response-boosting […]

Researchers look to weather radar to help predict bird flu

The same weather radar technology used to predict rain is now giving researchers the ability to track wild birds that could carry the avian influenza virus. Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, infects and kills chickens, turkeys and other types of birds, and can take a significant economic toll on the poultry industry.

In […]

Poultry industry faces fowl problem

During its ongoing quest to grow larger chickens that fulfill the demand of white meat, the poultry industry has run into an unexpected problem: an emerging phenomenon known as “woody breast.”

While it’s not harmful to humans, the condition causes chicken breasts to be tougher because of hard or woody fibers that lace the meat. […]

Poultry producers mull slower growers

About a century ago, your typical chicken took about four months to grow to a weight of three pounds. Today, however, the typical broiler, or meat chicken, grows to twice that size in half the time. While these birds are feeding more people than ever before, some animal welfare advocates think the rate of their […]

Join Neogen at IPPE for RWA Best Practices

Please stop by and see Neogen at booth 329 in Hall A at the upcoming International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event. From January 27–29, 2015, IPPE brings a rich tradition of expertise, innovation and collaboration which helps improve the industry and we are proud to […]

New Salmonella standards coming for beef and poultry

The beef and poultry industry will soon see new performance standards for inspection procedures that aim to prevent illnesses relating to Salmonella, according to a recent article published in Food Safety News.

Planned to take effect within a year, these inspection procedures are being developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) and […]

How did “The Jungle” change the food industry?

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Chilling is cool, others are not: FSA survey looks at perceptions of meat treatments

Much of consumers’ resistance to new decontamination techniques for meat may stem from the lack of adequate information on the procedures, according to a new study from the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency (FSA).

More than 2,000 people from around the U.K. participated in the survey, which was part of FSA’s program to reduce […]

H7N9 avian flu numbers increase, markets affected

As the numbers of those infected with a new strain of avian flu rise, nations are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

As of yesterday, 126 cases of H7N9 avian flu had been confirmed, with 24 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority of those have occurred in […]

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Obama administration seeks FDA funding increase for FSMA implementation – Food Safety News

The White House’s budget includes a 20 percent increase for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]