Exceldor says it’s dealing with 27 positive cases of COVID-19 among employees at the farmer-owned co-op’s poultry processing plant at Blumenort, Manitoba, as of Wednesday afternoon. The facility, which was owned by Granny’s Poultry before Granny’s merged with Exceldor last year, employs around 650 people. “We are dealing with cases of community transmission beyond our… Read More

The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council has updated the Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) program to reflect the latest changes to federal livestock transport regulations. The CLT program is a comprehensive training course and support service for livestock truckers, shippers, and receivers. The program offers certification that is recognized throughout Canada and United States…. Read More

Organizers of the Canadian Poultry XPO (CPX) have announced the inaugural event will not go forward this November. Instead, the event will be held November 3-4, 2021, at Stratford, Ont. All payments for exhibit space and sponsorship for CPX 2020 now carry forward to CPX 2021. All exhibitors and sponsors will receive a 10 per… Read More

Elanco Animal Health has received regulatory approval of its acquisition of Bayer Animal Health after agreeing to several anti-trust related conditions. The US$7.6 billion deal was announced in August 2019. As part of its review, Canada’s Competition Bureau found Elanco and Bayer Animal Health are each other’s closest competitors in several markets, specifically in poultry insecticides… Read More

A federal grand jury in a U.S. District Court in Colorado has indicted four current and former senior executives from two major American chicken companies for their role in conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens. “Executives who cheat American consumers, restauranteurs, and grocers, and compromise that integrity of our food supply,… Read More

Chicken Farmers of Canada’s board of directors has adjusted the May to July chicken allocation by 12.6 per cent nationally, to reduce production in an effort to address lower demand for chicken from restaurants and food service providers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decrease in production will be highest in Ontario, Quebec,… Read More

The decision to close a processing plant as it relates to COVID-19 infection of staff is a complicated one. Food processing plants have strict protocols and clear guidance on food safety issues, but the advent of a human disease pandemic is a new territory for all — processors included. Ultimately, the decision to close a… Read More