The Viva Vine: vol #4, no #5: Nov./Dec. 1995


The following is from the current issue Poultry Press, the newsletter of United Poultry Concerns:

Food Chemical News April 24, '95, p. 12: "Robert Cook, a consultant from Alexandria, VA, complained that process exist that would allow the industry to improve the safety of its products, but that the regulatory agencies, governed by laws written generations ago, have not yet approved them. As an example, he talked about using Superglue to seal the vents on poultry before slaughter to prevent the birds from reflexively excreting fecal material at the time of death..."

*Inland Valley Bulletin,* Ontario, CA, May 16, '95: Jim Munn, president of Pacer Technology, Rancho Cucamonga, CA has been trying since 1992 to get government agencies to approve his company's superglue product "Rectite" for use in gluing shut the rectal cavities of turkeys and chickens to prevent fecal matter from contaminating meat and cut down on the number of birds required to be re-processed and re-inspected.

FDA told UPC that an "Investigational New Animal Drug Application" was filed but that FDA can't technically admit there's an application because it falls under "trade secret and confidential commercial information." Acknowledging the application to UPC was based on the fact that the matter has already been made public. Superglue trials are apparently being conducted. UPC is filing a Freedom of Information Act request for records from FDA and USDA.

United Poultry Concerns in Potomac, Maryland is an organization dedicated to the awesome task of protecting poultry birds. It promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens and other domestic fowl, using its resources to educate people about their interesting personalities and social life. President Karen Davis, PhD. is a tireless monitor of the current poultry industry literature. But just a scholar, she is not; she is also an activist. Dr. Davis organizes actions throughout the year, most notably her yearly "Spring Vigil for Chickens" in May. Dr. Davis is also the editor of Poultry Press, the quarterly newsletter of United Poultry Concerns.

United Poultry Concerns can be contacted (with SASE and donation) at P.O. Box 59367, Potomac, MD 20859. Call 301/948-2406.

Become a member of United Poultry Concerns and support Dr. Davis in her extremely important work: Standard membership is $20. Members receive Poultry Press, UPC's newsletter on a regular basis. Other categories of membership also are available.

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