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May 29, 2015

Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal
charges, including for lying to the FBI, relating to an alleged
effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a
person to conceal past misconduct.

The Illinois Republican, who left Congress in 2007, was
charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash to
evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over
$10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in Chicago said.

May 21, 2015

Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures

IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO, May 21 (Reuters) – Measures to control
the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being
enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa,
potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread
further, spot checks by Reuters show.

In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters
reporter found procedures at three in Sioux County did not
comply with USDA or state protocols for restricting access to
infected sites, providing protective gear to workers and
cleaning the wheels of vehicles leaving the sites.

May 21, 2015

Exclusive: Lax biosecurity found on several Iowa bird flu farms

IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show.

In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at three in Sioux County did not comply with USDA or state protocols for restricting access to infected sites, providing protective gear to workers and cleaning the wheels of vehicles leaving the sites.

May 21, 2015

Lax biosecurity found on several Iowa bird flu farms

IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO, May 21 (Reuters) – Measures to control
the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being
enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa,
potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread
further, spot checks by Reuters show.

In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters
reporter found procedures at three in Sioux County did not
comply with USDA or state protocols for restricting access to
infected sites, providing protective gear to workers and
cleaning the wheels of vehicles leaving the sites.

May 20, 2015

Brazil’s JBS looking for deals in Americas, Australia: CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, this year will look at opportunities for acquisitions in North and South America and Australia, Chief Executive Wesley Batista said on Wednesday.

Batista, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters at a BMO investor conference in New York, also predicted that Zilmax, a controversial growth enhancer for cattle, will not return to market. Zilmax’s maker, Merck & Co, could not immediately be reached.

May 20, 2015

Sanderson sees no alternatives to antibiotic use in chicken production

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sanderson Farms Inc, the third largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to continue using antibiotics on its birds partly because there are no alternatives on the horizon for treating a deadly but common gut disease, Chief Executive Officer Joe Sanderson said on Wednesday.

Other major poultry producers, including market leader Tyson Foods Inc, have announced plans to eradicate antibiotics, which are also crucial in human healthcare, from their flocks but have not ruled out their use on sick birds.

May 6, 2015

Despite U.S. efforts, bird flu thought to spread between farms

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Poultry veterinarians in Minnesota believe an outbreak of avian flu has spread between farms, indicating the implementation of a U.S. strategy to contain the deadly bird disease failed in at least some cases.

Wild birds are thought to be carriers of the flu virus, which can be tracked onto poultry farms by people or trucks that come into contact with contaminated feces. It may also be carried into barns by wind blowing in contaminated dirt or dust.

May 5, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. boosts bird flu emergency funds as Hormel cuts jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs.

The funds became available after the federal Office of Management and Budget granted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s request for additional emergency funds, USDA sources confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday.

May 1, 2015

Hog farmers more likely to carry drug-resistant bacteria: U.S. study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry an infectious bacteria that can cause skin and respiratory problems and resists treatment from multiple drugs, according to a new U.S. research study.

The study, published this week in the online journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is the largest-ever examination of infections of Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, in a group of livestock workers. It comes amid rising concern that widespread antibiotic use in meat production could create risks to human health.

May 1, 2015

CBOE to cut expenses as 1st-qtr trading volumes, profits fall

CHICAGO, May 1 (Reuters) – CBOE Holdings Inc,
operator of the largest U.S. stock options market, will cut
expenses in response to weak trading volumes, the company said
on Friday as it reported a decline in quarterly earnings.

Shares rose 1.7 percent to $57.23 after dropping to their
lowest in more than three weeks on Thursday.