Friday, December 19, 2014

University of Manitoba gets funds for poultry research team

Poultry industry worker safety record still improving

Ammonia leak at Tyson Foods Chick-N-Quick plant hospitalizes 25

KFC China to public: Come tour our farms, kitchens

  • Julie Graber
    KFC is inviting its consumers in China to tour the farms where its chickens are raised in an effort to ease food safety worries.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Seeking to ease the minds of Chinese consumers worried about food safety, KFC is inviting the public to tour the farms where its chickens are raised and the kitchens where the food is prepared.
    KFC and parent company Yum! Brands has been experiencing slow sales from food safety worries that include avian influenza outbreaks and a recent scandal where Yum! Brands supplier Husi Food Co. had allegedly repackaged expired meats with false expiration dates printed. Yum! Brands was not aware that the labels had been altered.
    In an effort to be transparent, placemats at KFC contain the messages inviting its consumers to see how the food is raised and prepared. The placemats read: "How is KFC's food prepared? Is the chicken safe? Are the restaurants hygienic? You can see our chicken farms yourself, and unravel the mysteries of KFC restaurants on the spot. You decide whether or not our food is safe!"
    Customers can register online to book a visit. An earlier tour led by the manager of a Shanghai restaurant this month showcased employee hand-washing, the oil used in the fryers, the way the chickens are raised, and the purified water used in the food.
    The transparency was limited, however, as tour participants were not allowed to use their mobile phones, take pictures or video or record any audio.

Brazilian chicken exports maintain a positive pace

US senators urge South Africa president to drop poultry ban

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cargill to bid alone on Nutreco, says it won’t break up business

    Cargill said on December 11 that it would bid alone for Dutch animal feed company Nutreco.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Cargill said on December 11 that it would bid alone for Dutch animal feed company Nutreco. It also said that, contrary to a previous offer, it would not break up the business to compete with rival bidder SHV Holdings.
    SHV offered to buy Nutreco in October and sweetened its bid in November.
    Nutreco said Cargill has not made a formal offer and that any bid would have to match the terms of SHV’s EUR3.1 billion (US$3.8 billion) offer.
    "We have not received a concrete, written proposal that is likely to qualify or evolve to a competing offer," Nutreco said. "There is no doubt that it is clear to Cargill what will constitute a potential competing offer."
    Cargill said it has asked Nutreco to allow it to pursue due diligence on a potential offer.
    “We believe we would be very good stewards of the Nutreco business in the interest of all stakeholders,” a Cargill spokesman said.
    Cargill originally had said it would make a joint bid with private equity firm Permira and then split Nutreco’s animal and fish feed divisions into separate companies.
    At the time, Nutreco said that offer was “fundamentally inconsistent with Nutreco’s long-term growth strategy for the business as a whole.”
    In SHV’s offer memorandum, it pledged to make no redundancies, not to break up the company, and keep its headquarters in the Netherlands.