Marlys Miller

Sodexo sets 2022 for gestation-stall elimination

Sodexo Inc., an integrated food and facilities management firm serving North America, announced today that it will work with pork suppliers to phase out gestation-sow stalls from its supply chain by 2022. FULL STORY »

House ag committee completes farm bill

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the full House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill by a 35-to-11 vote. The bill (H.R. 6083) now moves on to the House floor for the full body’s consideration. FULL STORY »

HSUS to sue six pork production companies

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that it intends to sue a range of pork production companies, citing “unreported releases of hazardous pollutant ammonia” as the impetus for the legal action. However, peppered within its own news release are multiple references to gestation-sow stalls, adding a new dimension to its tactics against the housing system. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins slip $3.23 per head

Pork producer profit margins averaged $35.42 per head for the week ending July 6. That’s down $3.23 per head from the week before, but $14.14 higher than for the same week one year ago. FULL STORY »

Gestation-sow stalls black listed again

Another quick-serve food company has come out against gestation-sow stalls. On Monday, Fresh Enterprises, LLC, which owns Baja Fresh, La Salsa Mexican Grill and Canyon’s Burger restaurants, announced that it “supports industry efforts to move away from gestation crates.” FULL STORY »

Smithfield Foods opening ‘Taste of Smithfield’ restaurant

There has never been a shortage of pork products in the town of Smithfield, Va., which most notably is synonymous with Virginia hams. Still, a new feature has joined the merchants on Main Street, as Smithfield Foods presents a new dining destination-- Taste of Smithfield. FULL STORY »

Oscar Mayer joins the anti-gestation-stall list

Oscar Mayer officials announced on Friday that the company will give its pork suppliers 10 years to eliminate gestation-sow stalls within their pork production systems and adopt alternative housing. FULL STORY »

CKE Restaurants set a 2022 no-gestation-stall deadline

Two more quick-serve restaurants have sent the message that they will work to phase out suppliers whose pork can be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are under the umbrella of CKE Restaurants. FULL STORY »

House releases farm bill draft

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM)-- essentially its version of the 2012 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

International commission sets ractopamine standards

At its annual meeting being held July 2-7 in Rome, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote food safety and fair practices in trade, adopted science-based standards for ractopamine. Specifically, on Thursday the commission adopted Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. FULL STORY »

Sow productivity takes a dip

One of the surprising numbers in USDA’s June Hogs & Pigs Report was found in the pigs per litter category for the second quarter. While pork producers saved 0.6 percent more pigs per litter, previous trends had that number near 1.5 percent and beyond. FULL STORY »

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