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Perdue Farms is donating $1 million to support its Feeding America-affiliated food bank partners through its foundation.

WBOC reports that this is a companywide effort that provides protein to those struggling with their food budget.

Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms, noted that one in nine American struggle with getting enough food for themselves and their families.

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Nearly 500 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products are being recalled by Perdue Foods because of a misbranding issue and undeclared allergens.

The US Department of Agriculture made the announcement saying that that product contains wheat which is not on the label.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the government says the frozen ready-to-eat products are labeled as gluten free but do have chicken nugget products.

The products involved 22-ounce plastic bags labeled “Simply Smart Organics Chicken Breast Tenders Gluten Free.”

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A chemical fire at a poultry plant in Virginia led the plant to be evacuated and locals warned to stay indoors.

News outlets report two tanks holding paracetic acid and sodium chloride caught fire Wednesday afternoon at Perdue Farms in Accomac. The tanks were near a fuel tank, which caused additional worries.

Accomack County Board of Supervisors Chairman Donald L. Hart Jr. says fighting the fire with water could have caused an explosion, so authorities allowed it to burn out.

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Perdue Farms is sending truckloads of food and the Perdue Chicken Food Truck to the Carolinas after the devastation left by Hurricane Florence.

CEO Randy Day said that the loss by thousands of Carolinians many of whom are associated with Perdue has been devastating.

Perdue is expected to provide around a half million pounds of food amounting to 416-thousand meals to the local food banks in the region.

In addition, the company is sending its Perdue food truck to Lumberton, North Carolina to provide much needed meals for the victims and first responders.

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Perdue Farms operations in the Carolinas are returning back to normal after the torrential rains and wind from Hurricane Florence.

Last week the poultry company closed three of its processing plants in advance of the storm and move chickens from low lying areas.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that two of the plants are now up and running again with the third ready to restart as soon as the city begins supplying water at the end of the week.

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Perdue Farms announced that will have the product on the shelves in October at half the price of other organic brands.

It’s called Simply Smart Organics and the company says its aim is to make the product more affordable.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the company says the specific prices for the new products have not yet been determined.

The federal government requires that organic chicken must be given non-GMO feed and must be on a strictly 100 percent vegetarian diet.

In addition, they must also be free range.

Perdue Recall

Jan 24, 2018
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530 pounds of Perdue chicken products have been recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared this a high health risk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the ready-to-cook chicken breast tenderloin fritters were labeled as the Homestyle Chicken Tender Fritter.

The product contains eggs, an allergen, that was not identified on the label.

The product was shipped to locations in Florida, Maryland and Washington D.C.

There have been no confirmed cases of adverse effects from the mislabeling.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The family farmhouse of the third-largest chicken producer in the United States has been named a landmark after it was built a century ago.
The Daily Times reports the two-story home that has been depicted on packaging and delivery trucks of Perdue Farms since 2005 was named to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties on Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan and local dignitaries.

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Perdue Farms has a new Chief Executive Officer.

Randy Day has been named to that position after serving as the Chief Operating officer since May of last year.

Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, noted that Day has been with the company 36 years and has embraced the need for change and innovation.

Day is a native of the Eastern Shore and earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Perdue Farms has donated $10-thousand to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for the annual Project Clean Stream that will take place on April 11th.

The money comes through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and is aimed at funding the annual Bay watershed and shoreline cleanup program.

Al Todd, executive director of the Alliance for the Alliance told the Salisbury Daily Times that Perdue Farmes has had a long-time partnership with the cleanup program.

Perdue Farm initiated Project Clean Stream seven years ago in Salisbury.

Controversy has been stirred up over remarks by Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue who recently told a Maryland Chamber of Commerce event that the industry has not had seat at the table in Maryland when it comes to environmental regulations.

After the Baltimore Business Journal reported the remarks the Baltimore Sun wrote an editorial that said Perdue has a great deal of influence in Annapolis.

The paper noted that Governor Martin O’Malley threatened to veto a proposed 5-cent tax on chickens last February.

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Perdue Farms says it will no longer be using antibiotics at its egg hatcheries.

Company Chair Jim Perdue described the removal of the antibiotics as part of a 12-year evolution in the way it produces its products.

Over the last twelve years the company has begun providing organic and no antibiotics ever products such as the “Harvestland” brand.  

Perdue’s vice president for safety Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown said 95 percent of the company’s chickens never receive any human antibiotics with the rest only when prescribed by a veterinarian.  

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The group, Farm Animal Rights Movement, held a protest outside the Perdue Farms headquarters on old Ocean City Road yesterday.

It was part of the 30th Annual World day for Farmed Animals targeting slaughterhouses and other animal agriculture facilities.

The group is protesting the killing of animals for food and encourages people to go meatless.

Jen Riley, managing director of the group told WBOC, that animals are crammed into small windowless sheds with no space to move or breath.

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Neither the Hudson family farm nor Perdue Farms can get compensated for their legal costs in their long battle with an environmental group over allegations of polluting a nearby waterway.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s the ruling from a federal judge after a federal court’s decision that the family, which grows chickens for Perdue, did not cause any such pollution.

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Perdue Farms won high honors from the U.S. Green Building Council for the four year $10.5 million renovation of its 94-thousand square foot corporate headquarters in Salisbury.

It’s the first to receive the Council’s Platinum Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for buildings on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Jim Perdue, chair of Perdue Farms, said this was demonstration of the company’s commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.

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Hundreds of immigration reform supporters gathered in Georgetown yesterday as part of a nationwide set of rallies to get Congress to move on the issue.

Claudia Pena Porretti, executive director of La Esperanza, a non-profit agency that helps Hispanics in Sussex County, said that she believed the reform effort has stalled.

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) - Engineers with Perdue Farms are working on a new method of composting chicken waste in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore that could also control pollution.

The Wilmington News Journal reports Perdue officials are seeking permission to add wood, water and hatchery waste to poultry litter. Perdue would recycle the litter at a Seaford-area site by heating the litter, forming it into pellets and selling it as fertilizer to farms.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A New York-based environmental group that sued Perdue Farms and an Eastern Shore contract grower says it won't appeal a federal judge's ruling in a poultry pollution case.

The Waterkeeper Alliance announced in a statement on Wednesday that while the group believes it presented compelling evidence, it won't appeal U.S. District Jud

ge William Nickerson's ruling, because of the high burden of proof appellate courts impose for reversing a district court's findings.

The effects of the Hudson case involving an effort to tie Perdue Farms to alleged water pollution by one of its growers are still being felt.

That’s despite the fact that the Waterkeeper Alliance and others lost the argument in Federal Court last month.

Worcester County Commissioner Virgil Shockley a chicken grower himself told the Salisbury Daily Times that he runs into a lot of farmers who put their lives on hold while the case was decided.

National poultry organizations are asking the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to ease up on the requirement that 40 percent of the corn crop go to ethanol production.

The request comes amidst a drought that has – in some cases – virtually wiped out the corn harvest for many farmers including those on Delmarva.

On Monday, the National Chicken Council handed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a petition asking for a waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standards regulations for the next year.