Press Releases & Statements

04/03/20 - Chicken Processors Working Overtime to Keep Employees Safe

These are certainly trying and unprecedented times, and NCC’s members are doing everything they can to 1) Keep their employees safe and 2) Work to keep chicken on the shelves. In that order. Our members are following all of the … Read More >

04/03/20 - NCC Joins in Urging Congress to Support Food Industry Workers in Next Aid Package

NCC today joined a broad group of food industry associations in a letter requesting that Congress support food industry workers, which are considered essential critical infrastructure workers during this time, in any aid package that might be considered when Congress … Read More >

03/24/20 - Senate Confirms Dr. Mindy Brashears as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety

The U.S. Senate last night confirmed by unanimous consent the nomination of Dr. Mindy Brashears to be U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food Safety, the nation’s top food safety post. “Dr. Brashears brings a wealth of food … Read More >

03/23/20 - Meat Sales Surged 77% the Week of March 15 Amid Growing COVID-19 Cases

By: Anne-Marie Roerink, President, 210 Analytics LLC and Chris DuBois, SVP Protein Practice, IRI. All data and insights are by IRI and 210 Analytics. Week ending March 8 saw a fast acceleration of meat sales in dollars, units and volume. As … Read More >

03/23/20 - APHIS Leadership Signs Poultry Regionalization Agreement with China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a regionalization agreement with China for safe trade of poultry products, according to an agency press release. The countries agree to follow all international standards, guidelines … Read More >

03/20/20 - Department of Homeland Security Deems Food, Agriculture Sector as Critical

In light of the state-by-state restrictions, curfews, shelter in place, and other issues impacting business continuity, yesterday the Department of Homeland Security issued “Guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce” outlining portions of the industry that are deemed essential/critical.  Portions … Read More >

03/11/20 - 47 Members of Congress Send Letter Requesting U.S. Chicken Market Access to the United Kingdom

Arkansas Representative Steve Womack (R, AR-3), along with 46 Members of Congress, yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requesting that U.S. chicken products be included in any new trade agreement with the United Kingdom.

03/04/20 - Multiple Government Agencies: Coronavirus not Transmitted by Food

The CDC says “currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.” USDA reports “There is no evidence at this time to suggest that the Coronavirus is a foodborne pathogen.” According to a statement from the FDA, “We are not aware … Read More >

02/11/20 - Applications Being Accepted for Poultry Industry Safety Recognition Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Joint Poultry Industry Safety Award Program is currently accepting applications from poultry industry facilities with outstanding safety programs. The program is open to National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members … Read More >

01/23/20 - Americans to Eat Record 1.4 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl LIV

Washington, D.C. – The chicken sandwich may have won 2019, but the chicken wing will still reign supreme over the big game in 2020. The National Chicken Council (NCC) today released its annual Chicken Wing Report, projecting Americans to consume … Read More >

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