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Email Content: Poultry Industry News, Comments and more by Simon M. Shane



The following items of concern to the poultry industry will be reviewed in greater detail in upcoming editions of CHICK-NEWS and EGG-NEWS:-

  • 2018 Corn Crop Contaminated with DON:-Assays on new-crop corn reveal a problem of DON contamination. The FDA have set an upper level of 10 ppm in poultry feeds. Many elevators and corn-ethanol refiners have set upper limits on incoming corn of 5 ppm since the toxin is concentrated in DDGS and hogs cannot tolerate levels above 5 ppm.
  • McDonald’s takes on Chick-fil-A with Breast-Meat Sandwich:- McDonald’s is field-testing an “ultimate chicken sandwich intended to compete with quality leader Chick-fil-A. The product will be made to order incorporating a “lightly breaded and seasoned chicken breast”
  • USPOULTRY Foundation Allocates Research Funds: The USPOULTRY Foundation has assigned $385,000 in funding to five projects at major universities to study basic and applied aspects of broiler and egg production.
  • Sysco Share Slide Brings Down Food Service Competitors: Following release of Q1 FY2019 earnings which were under Street expectations US Foods, Performance Foods and to a lesser extent Spartan Nash fell in sympathy as fear of escalation in operating costs sparked a selloff.
  • California Adopts Proposition #12: Predictably voters in California passed Proposition #12 which effectively bans caged housing of hens in addition to confinement of veal calves and hogs. Implications for the state and nation will be considered in greater detail.

Copyright 2019 Simon M. Shane