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New Survey Examines Consumers’ Understanding of the Environmental Impact of Chicken Production
Further delivering on its commitment to transparency, the National Chicken Council (NCC) today unveiled the findings of its new nationwide survey about how deeply consumers understand sustainable food practices as it relates to broiler chicken production, an industry that maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints in animal agriculture. NCC announced the new survey as the Sustainable Brands ’19 Conference kicks off today in Detroit.
According to survey results, knowledge of the environmental impact of chicken among consumers is low. Only half of survey participants (51%) are moderately knowledgeable about chicken’s impact on the environment, while three-quarters (71%) are moderately knowledgeable about how chicken is produced. While most are familiar with topics related to...
NCC Says E15 Waiver will Harm Chicken Producers; Asks for RFS ‘Off-Ramp’
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March proposed regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for the summer months that has historically been applied only to E10.
“As corn users, our industry faces potential impact by changes in biofuels policy such as modifying the volatility requirements for E15 fuel blends during the summer season,” said NCC President Mike Brown in new comments filed today.
In previous comments submitted regarding the proposed 2019 required volume obligations (Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2018–0167), the National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed concern that such an action, as anticipated at the time...
Poultry is King of Proteins in International Poultry Council Outlook
As the International Poultry Council (IPC) took stock of the global protein outlook at its first semester meeting in New Orleans, La. last week, one economic reality riveted attention: Total world production of pork will decline in 2019 with poultry in position to wrest the crown from pork as the world’s most consumed meat protein.
The upheaval in meat proteins is being driven by African swine fever (ASF) in pig herds in three continents and 15 countries. Production losses in 2019 are expected to amount to 14 percent of the world’s pork supply but may continue to move higher.
“Hog losses in China due to ASF will trigger big shocks in global protein markets,” Christine McCracken, senior protein analyst at Rabobank, told IPC members, “and poultry is the meat protein with the most to win...
U.S. Broiler Industry Creates almost 200,000 New Jobs, Economic Output Up 11 Percent in Two Years
The broiler chicken industry provides 1,393,739 jobs, $76.5 billion in wages, $347 billion in total economic activity and $27 billion in government revenue, according to an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on the nation’s economy. This data reflects almost 200,000 new jobs and an 11% increase in total economic output since the study was last updated in late 2016.
The study was funded by USPOULTRY and was conducted by John Dunham & Associates, based in New York City. The study was updated using the most current methodology available and ...
NCC Submits Comments on Cell-Cultured Meat Products
The National Chicken Council (NCC) on December 26 submitted comments to USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) emphasizing the importance of coordinating regulatory efforts between FDA and FSIS to leverage each agency’s knowledge and expertise on the subject of cell-cultured meat products.
The National Chicken Council (NCC) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Request for Public Comments on the Use of Cellular Agriculture to Manufacture Products Derived from Livestock and Poultry Stem Cells. NCC represents vertically integrated companies that produce and process more than 95 percent of the chicken marketed in the United States ...
NCC Launches New Website with Information on How Broiler Chickens Are Raised and Produced in the US
Platform Debuts Amidst New Survey Data Revealing Chicken Consumption Out of Home Is Growing and Consumers’ Desire More Information About the Chicken They Buy and Eat
Recognizing consumers’ desire for more information when they’re dining out, the National Chicken Council (NCC) recently launched a new website designed exclusively for foodservice and culinary professionals to learn more about how the chicken served to their patrons is raised and processed. The new Chicken Check In Foodservice website provides information on how broiler chickens (chickens raised for meat) are raised and produced in the U.S., including frequently asked questions, a glossary of chicken labeling terms, and additional resources.
According to the 2018 US Chicken Consumption Report:
Chicken consumption out of home is growing and consumers want to learn more …
Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record
Injury and illness rates down from year ago and down 83 percent since 1994
The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 83 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2017 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2017 was 3.8 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 4.2 in 2016. The poultry industry’s rate of 3.8 is below the rate of 6.4 for similar agricultural industries in terms of injuries per 100 full time workers and lower than the rate of 4.5 for the entire food manufacturing sector...
NCC, Poultry Groups Welcome EPA’s Clarification on Needless Reporting Requirement
The National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers this week commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its proposed changes to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) Act. The rule would clarify that farms would not be required to report air releases from animal manure.
The poultry and egg industry groups remarked, “The removal of this unnecessary burden will ensure that emergency first responder’s important effort and time is not wasted on responding to non-emergencies. We look forward to...
Koch Foods’ Mark Kaminsky Installed as Chairman of the National Chicken Council
Mark Kaminsky, Chief Operating Officer at Koch Foods (Park Ridge, Illinois), was installed as 2018-2019 Chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC) during NCC’s 64th Annual Conference held today in Washington, D.C.
Kaminsky started his career at Arthur Andersen after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at DePaul University. He began his career with Koch Foods in 1990 on the financial side of the business but learned the operational side, including live processing through Koch’s move to become a vertically integrated poultry company in 1996. He has assisted in Koch’s growth from a one-plant operation to one of the leading poultry companies in the United States, through acquisitions, green field site developments and internal expansion.
Serving as vice chairman for 2018-2019 is Clint Rivers, President and Chief Executive Officer of...
NCC Statement on CDC Investigation of Salmonella Infantis
Attributable to Tom Super, National Chicken Council spokesperson:
“We are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating illnesses attributed to Salmonella Infantis, reported in multiple states over the last six months.”
The CDC says epidemiological evidence suggests raw chicken products and raw chicken pet food are possible sources. No specific product, brand, facility or company has been linked to the illnesses, nor is the CDC recommending consumers stop eating chicken.
“The chicken industry is cooperating fully with the CDC and USDA in their investigation...
NCC Urges EPA to Lower ’19 Conventional Ethanol Volumes; Requests “Off-Ramp” Process for RFS
In detailed comments submitted Friday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Chicken Council (NCC) opined for a more reasonable and sustainable approach to the nation’s biofuel policy. The compelled diversion of corn from feed to fuel has exacted a heavy toll on the domestic chicken industry, American consumers, and results in higher fuel prices as EPA avers, the council said.
Regarding the 2019 rule, EPA is proposing an equal reduction for the overall advanced biofuel category and the renewable fuel total as it is exercised in the cellulosic waiver. NCC supports this action. Were the total renewable fuel volume requirement decreased by a lesser amount than the cellulosic waiver there would be an incentive for conventional biofuels to participate in the RFS program beyond the statutory cap of 15 billion gallons set by Congress.
EPA is proposing to leave the conventional ethanol implied mandate at 15 billion gallons, the statutory cap for that residual category of fuel. NCC urges that the effective conventional biofuel volume be reduced...
$60 Million USDA Chicken Products Purchase Program Announced
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced plans to purchase up to $60 million in chicken products (to include whole bagged chicken, consumer split breast, and dark meat parts) for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage the continued domestic consumption of these products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce. These purchases are part of the normal operations of administering Section 32 and are not related or associated with the authority or administration of possible purchases under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation related to trade mitigation.
In response to the announcement, National Chicken Council President Mike Brown released the following statement:
“On behalf of U.S. chicken producers, I want to thank Secretary Perdue for this timely action and for his steadfast leadership at USDA, and commend the dedicated officials at the Agricultural Marketing Service and Food Nutrition Service...
NCC Forges New Ground in Food Transparency; Launches Immersive Virtual Reality Experience
With Nearly 90% of Consumers Interested in Additional Information about Chicken, New 360° Virtual Tour of Chicken Production in U.S. Satisfies Consumers’ Hunger for More
As per capita chicken consumption breaks a new record in 2018 and consumers express a growing interest about where their food comes from, the National Chicken Council (NCC)—the United States’ oldest and largest national association representing the U.S. broiler chicken industry (chickens raised for meat)—has developed a series of 360° virtual reality videos showing the various stages of chicken’s life during modern, commercial production. The new experience is part of NCC’s Chicken Check In program, which serves as a resource for consumers to get the information they seek about how most meat chickens are raised.
The virtual reality experience is launched on the heels of a new national survey revealing that nearly 90 percent* of consumers are interested in deeper information about the chicken they buy and eat. Additionally...
Survey Shows US Chicken Consumption Remains Strong
More than nine in ten consumers purchase chicken regularly
Orlando, Florida -- U.S. chicken consumption remains high, and consumers are hungry for more information about the chicken they purchase, according to a new research presented today at the 2018 Chicken Marketing Summit, in Orlando, Florida.
In the two weeks leading up to the survey, 86 percent of consumers ate a chicken meal or snack purchased from a supermarket and 68 percent ate a chicken meal or snack from a food service establishment. Both supermarket and food service establishment consumption numbers increased, 2.3 percent and 1.5 percent respectively, and are at parity with those seen in 2016.
The survey was commissioned by the National Chicken Council (NCC) and conducted online by ORC International ...
National Chicken Council Animal Care Guidelines Certified by Independent Audit Certification Organization
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a several month review process, the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) broiler and broiler breeder welfare guidelines have been certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), a leading authority on animal welfare auditing who provides high quality training and certification credentials for auditors and audits.
“Consumers want to be sure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives,” said Dr. Ashley Peterson, NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. “The people, families, and companies involved in raising broilers – chickens raised for meat – share the public’s concern. With this certification, consumers and customers can feel confident that when buying and eating chicken, the birds were well-cared for and treated...
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