News Releases and Statements

National Turkey Federation's most current news releases are listed first on this page.  
For prior years, visit the News Archives.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) commended the House Agriculture Committee for swiftly passing its version of the Farm Bill.

The legislation, known officially as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, passed by a bipartisan vote of 36-10.  It now awaits floor consideration in the House of Representatives next month.

“The National Turkey Federation appreciates Chairman Frank Lucas, (R-OK) and Ranking Member...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today applauded the Senate Committee on Agriculture for their quick movement in passing the 2013 Farm Bill legislation. The committee passed the bill by a vote of 15 to 5.  The bill will now go to the Senate floor for further action.

“The National Turkey Federation thanks Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) for leading the initiative on this critical piece of agricultural policy,” said Damon Wells, Senior-Vice President of Government Relations for the NTF.  “We look forward to the House...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:00

The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the

Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition (FMIC) today announced their partnership oncomprehensive immigration reform in a letter sent to the Senate “Gang of Eight,” praising them for their efforts on S. 744. The labor-business coalition is also seeking improvements to the Senate bill in the areas of visa allocation...
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 00:00

Seven livestock and poultry groups submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the negative effects the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) has had on agriculture, including the high cost of feed facing livestock and poultry producers. The comments answer several questions posed by the Committee on the impact of the RFS.

“The RFS has been the major...
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 00:00

Contact:  Mary Raguso, 202-730-9639

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) strongly disputes the misleading findings of a Consumer Reports article about ground turkey, which makes a number of alarming claims based on an extremely small sampling of ground turkey products.

Consumer Reports had the opportunity to foster a serious, thoughtful discussion about food safety, but instead it chose to sensationalize findings and mislead people,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger.

NTF refuted numerous misleading claims, and...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 00:00

USDA Proposed Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule Is a Modern, Sensible Approach that Focuses On Public Health

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) reiterates its support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed new poultry inspection system, and views the proposed rule as the appropriate next step in protecting public health through modern, science-based food safety techniques.

“The proposed rule is a modern, sensible approach that will allow the food safety inspectors to focus on public health,” NTF President Joel Brandenberger said.  The proposed rule will...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 00:00

“After closely reviewing the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI)’s report entitled Risky Meat, A CSPI Field Guide to Meat and Poultry Safety, we concluded the report has notable flaws, but also recognizes the outstanding job the industry, regulators, and consumers have done in reducing foodborne illness in this country.  The report does right by reminding Americans that although industry prevention is very important, a significant portion of the illnesses can be prevented only by consumers.  The CSPI report notes that the single-largest number...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 00:00

The Turkey Industry Disputes Misleading Claims Made in Report

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today said a report issued by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) about antibiotics use in meat and poultry production, loosely based on 2011 data from the Food and Drug Administration’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), contained no new research or findings and selectively presented NARMS and other food safety data to create an inaccurate impression about food safety.       

Joel Brandenberger, President of NTF, strongly...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 00:00

A diverse array of agriculture, business, environment, hunger, taxpayer, and public interest groups hailed U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act. Their response to today’s press conference held at the House Triangle, reiterated  the devastating impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has had on the economy and consumers across the country and around the world. 

If passed into law, the new bill would eliminate the corn based ethanol mandate under...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 00:00

The Turkey Industry Highlights On-going and New Practices to Ensure Food Safety

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) said there was essentially nothing new  in today's report issued by the Pew Charitable Trusts regarding a 2011 voluntary ground turkey recall, because many of the steps outlined in the report have already been implemented by government and industry.

"Many aspects of the recall underscored the best in government-industry collaboration and transparency as both worked to respond to the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses, said NTF...

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