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Perdue will sending at least 1 million pounds of protein to southeastern Texas in help Houston and the surrounding area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The food will be sent to the local Feeding America-affiliated food banks and the Houston Independent School District.

The poultry company has already sent a half million pounds to the school district to feed the victims of the hurricane.

About half is being sent to the Houston as well San Antonio and Victoria.   

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A major poultry provider with headquarters in Maryland says it's stepping up efforts to improve its chickens' lives.

The Baltimore Sun reports Salisbury-based Perdue Farms released the first annual report on Monday about plans it announced in June 2016 changing how chickens are raised and slaughtered. The report says progress was made including alteration of breeding methods that promoted faster growth but also injury.

The company also said stunning systems that minimize stress would be installed for birds headed to processing.

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Perdue is recalling around 21-hundred pounds of “Italian Style Organic Chicken Sausage”.

The fully cooked meat comes in 24 ounce packages and contain 8 links each.

WBOC reports that food safety official say there have been at least three complaints of blue plastic material in the meat.

But the television station says for the moment there has been no confirmation.

USDA says that the meat came from one of the company’s Georgia plants and then was shipped to Maryland and Connecticut.

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Two worker advocacy groups held a rally in front of the Perdue Processing Plant in downtown Salisbury to deliver a petition to representatives of the company.

The rally was held by Oxfam and CATA a worker’s rights group.

They called on the poultry company to be more transparent about listening to their employees about working conditions.

Jessica Culley, a supporter, told WBOC that there were problems getting time off for medical appointments or taking vacation time.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Perdue Foods is says it's renewing its focus on care for its chickens.

The Salisbury-based firm announced a plan Monday that focuses on animals' wants and needs, including a commitment to install windows in chicken houses to compare birds' health and activity to enclosed housing.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says an equipment problem led to the release of a hazardous chemical from a poultry processing facility on Friday.
 
Environmental officials say that a mechanical failure in a pump led to the release of more than 200 pounds of anhydrous ammonia from a Perdue Farms facility in Milford.
 
Company spokeswoman Julie DeYoung says that the anhydrous ammonia was being used as a refrigerant and that the incident was reported to the appropriate authorities.
 

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There was a fire at the Perdue AgriRecycle Plant in Seaford last night at around 6:30 p.m.

WBOC reports that a company spokesman said a piece of equipment caught on fire but that the blaze did not spread and caused only minor damage.

There were no injuries and authorities are carrying out an investigation into the incident.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A mobile food pantry serving Virginia's Eastern Shore has received a $10,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

The gift to the Mobile Pantry Program run by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore was announced Tuesday. Perdue Farms is also generating 20,000 pounds of products.

The combined contribution will enable the food bank to distribute nearly 40,000 meals to children, seniors and families in Northampton and Accomack counties.

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says he will veto the chicken tax.

That’s a 5-cent per bird tax being proposed in the state legislature.

The Democrat made his remarks during the annual Taste of Maryland dinner and were reported on Twitter by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his press secretary Nina Smith issued a statement saying that the governor did not feel the chicken tax would actually strike a balance between the needs of the bay and the needs of the agriculture industry.

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The Eastern Shore chicken industry is reeling from a proposal in Annapolis that would impose a 5 cent tax per chicken to get big poultry companies to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Worcester County Commissioner Virgil Shockley said that with more than 12 million chickens in Worcester County the cost would add up quickly.

That big money, environmental groups and some legislators say is needed to clean up the bay.

Food And Water Watch claims that poultry puts more than a billion pounds of waste into the watershed each year.

Shockley disputes that claim.

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