poultry

Six Dead in Liquid Nitrogen Leak at Georgia Poultry Plant

A liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia, has killed six people, with multiple others taken to the hospital. At least three of those injured at the Prime Pak Foods plant in Gainesville were reported in critical condition. Poultry plants rely on refrigeration systems that can include liquid nitrogen. Firefighters, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

38 Sick From Tainted Eggs Linked to Alabama Farm

The government says 38 people in seven states have gotten sick from eggs produced by an Alabama poultry farm. The Food and Drug Administration says the illnesses are linked to salmonella-tainted eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms, which is north of Birmingham in Cullman. The agency issued a recall notice last month, and it provided an update Tuesday. The FDA says…

Technology Aids Alabama’s Poultry Industry

From small to big commercial chicken farms, the poultry industry in Alabama has an annual economic impact of 15 billion dollars. Commercial poultry accounts for over 65% of the annual farming revenues in the state. With summer a day away, and the temperatures heating up, technology has helped the industry improve than in decades past. Chad Grant is the owner…

Bird Flu Hits Tennessee; Alabama Poultry Farmers on Alert

Pete Bates grew up around birds. His father owned the Bates Turkey Farm, and now Pete and his siblings share ownership and run the farm. Bates says a serious case of avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, can devastate a poultry farm. He and his family had to deal with a bird flu outbreak two years ago. Bates…

Poultry Plant Layoffs

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – A poultry company that has seven plants in Alabama says its Laurel, Mississippi, plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June. Officials with Wayne Farms say one customer has contracted for the entire plant’s output, but wants only whole birds. They say some 200 workers will remain…