Questionable findings claimed by Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini

Jul 17, 2014

In October, EGG-CITE commented on the questionable findings claimed by Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen in France regarding the potential carcinogenicity of a strain of GM corn fed to rats. The paper published in Food and Chemical Toxicology was roundly criticized by leading scientists and was later withdrawn by Elsevier., the publisher of the journal.

It appears that Environmental Sciences Europe has published the research despite universal condemnation of the techniques used, experimental design, lack of statistical analysis and conclusions.

Dr. Tom Sanders, Head of Nutritional Research at King’s College London confirmed that the strain of rats used in the Seralini trial spontaneously developed tumors with age and would therefore not be suitable for the study as conducted. It is evident that through his conflicts of interest and affiliations, Dr. Seralini is guilty of gross deception and advancing “advocacy science.”




EGG-CITE recently posted an editorial relating to the need to rapidly confirm the status of a flock when a suspicious or positive SE reaction is obtained on chick box papers sampled at the time of delivery. In the case concerned, the hatchery involved subsequently identified SE in a breeder flock which was responsible for vertical transmission to chicks delivered over a three-week period to a number of clients.

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Egg Industry News


Kroger to Reduce Prices in Kentucky

Jul 18, 2014

The Louisville, KY Division of the Kroger Company will lower prices on 10,000 items.  Accordingly to a Company release the selected products are “frequently found in most customers’ shopping carts to ensure all customer would benefit from the price reduction over time”.

Time McGurk a spokesperson for the Company stated “we continue to leverage our scale as one of the largest retailers in the World to work with suppliers to reduce costs and in turn pass the savings along to our customers”.


Weekly USDA Prices and Inventory

Jul 18, 2014


Prices continue to rise through the post-independence Day weekend with the exception of mediums. There was a slight accumulation of generic inventory on a national basis, although some regions appear oversupplied. Specialty egg inventory declined. The USDA Egg Market News Report for Monday July 14th 2014, (Vol. 61: #56) documented the following “most frequent” range of Midwest values as delivered to warehouses:-

  Previous Week    Current Week
Extra Large   110 –  113          110  –  113  cents per dozen
Large 108 –  111   108 –  111  
Medium 91 –  94   91 –  94  
Certified Organic EL 265 –  300   265 –  300  
Breaking Stock 77 –  79   77 –  80  
Checks 60 –  66   66  –  66  



USDA Reports on Inventories and Status of the 2014 Crop

Jul 16, 2014



The July 14th USDA Crop Progress Report issued July 14th for week ending July 13th confirmed continuing development of both corn and soy crops.

The USDA report 34 percent of corn silking compared to 15 percent in the previous week in 18 states. This compares to a 5-year average of 33 percent.

Approximately 41 percent of the soybean crop was blooming compared to 24 percent last week and 37 percent for the 5-year average.   

The condition of these crops was classified by the USDA as:-

  Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Soybeans             1% 4% 19% 54% 22%
Corn 1% 5% 22% 56% 19%

On July 15th September corn closed at 376 cents per bushel, soybeans at 1199 cents per bushel and soybean meal at $362 per ton.




Export Data for January through May 2014.

Jul 14, 2014

USDA-FAS data as collated by Dr. Renan Zhuang of the USAPEEC, reflecting export volume and values for shell eggs and egg products are shown in the table below comparing the first four months of  2014:-

Comparison of Egg Exports: First Five Months of 2013 compared 2013


January through May





Shell Eggs

Volume (m. dozen)






Value ($ million)






Unit Value ($/dozen)






Egg Products      

Volume (metric tons)






Value ($ million)






Unit Value ($/metric ton)    






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Organic Supplement Recalled

Jul 14, 2014

According to an FDA release on July 1st 2014 Oriya Organics LLC is voluntarily recalling Oriya Organics Superfood Protein.

The product incorporates sprouted chia seed powder which was apparently contaminated with Salmonella.  Products were sold by retailers in Texas and Louisiana and sold directly through the internet to purchasers in seven states.

This incident illustrates the need to assay both animal protein and vegetable-origin products for the presence of potential pathogens.  The second point is that organic status has no bearing on microbiological purity.


Cal-Maine Breaks the One Billion Dozen Barrier

Jul 14, 2014

In a July 9th release, Cal-Maine Foods Inc. announced that annual sales for fiscal 2014 will exceed one billion dozen (1.014 billion dozen anticipated).  According to the company this is the first occasion that any producer has surpassed the one billion dozen level in a year.

Dolph Baker chairman and CEO of Cal-Maine Foods stated “we are very excited to achieve this important milestone” He added “our sales for the year reflect strong growth as well as the additional volumes related to recent acquisitions.” 


USDA - WASDE Forecast #531, July 11th 2014 Report

Jul 14, 2014

The projections of corn and soybean yields, production, exports and domestic use remained largely unchanged in the July WASDE Report compared to the previous monthly Report #530. The most recent data is based on the actual emergence and current condition of both corn and soybeans which correspond to or exceed 5-year averages. The major difference for July is in the estimates of ending stocks which increased by 4.3 percent for corn and 27.7 percent for soybeans respectively. The resulting decline in future prices augers well for improved broiler and egg production margins. Going forward prices will be determined by updated projections of yield as the season progresses.

The USDA maintained the projection of corn yield at 165.3 bushels per acre with a crop of 13,860 million bushels from a reduced harvest area of 83.8 million acres.  Report #531 held exports of corn at 1,700 million bushels. The “Feed and Residual” category was reduced by a further monthly decline of 150 million bushels from June, possibly reflecting the loss of 10 million piglets due to PEDv and lowered placements of cattle into feedlots following prolonged drought in the Southwest. Previously USDA economists probably assumed that decreased off-take by pork producers would be compensated by expansion in demand for broilers, eggs and turkeys.  The stock-to-domestic use proportion improved to 15.5 percent in the July report reflecting ending stocks of 1,801 million bushels.  

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Jul 11, 2014

EGG-CITE tabulates and interprets monthly statistics compiled from data released by the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as collated by the Egg Industry Center (EIC) under the direction of Maro Ibarburu in consultation with Don Bell, Emeritus Specialist of the University of California at Riverside.

Comments supplementing the production summary tables for the latest series No.53 made available by the EIC on July 11th 2014 are tabulated together with comparison values from the June 9th 2014 posting.

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Shane Commentary


Awareness of GM and Labeling

Jul 12, 2014

EGG-CITE has commented frequently on the patchwork of proposed legislation and ballot initiatives to enforce labeling of food products containing GM ingredients. The reality is that 95 percent of corn, soy and sugar beets in the U.S. are derived from cultivars modified by insertion of genes which offer benefits in terms of pest resistance or improved yield. The FDA has ruled that it is unnecessary to label food ingredients as being derived from GM since exhaustive research over two decades has failed to demonstrate any nutritional difference or health risks associated with approved GM cultivars.

Rutgers University has determined that 43 percent of survey participants were aware of the availability of GM food but only 26 percent knew that they had already consumed product containing GM ingredients. Surprisingly 40 percent of respondents surveyed in a New York Times poll thought that fruit and vegetables were genetically modified, which is not the case.


Consumer Reports Comments on Carton Claims

Jul 9, 2014

Consumer Reports recently commented on carton claims relating to housing and feeding of flocks producing table eggs. The organization noted that grade and label dating are under the control of The USDA-Agriculture Marketing Services for eggs bearing the USDA grade shield.

Consumer Reports commented on claims for omega-3 and noted that supplementing diets with flaxseed, algae, canola oil or fish oil can raise the level of ALA and DHA to a lesser degree in yolks.

Dr. Simon M. Shane
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Industry Prices: Wed Jul 23
 Corn3.69 $/bu
 Soybeans10.62 $/bu
 Soybean Meal341.70 $/ton
 Eggs, Producer115  ¢/doz
 Eggs, Warehouse 131-134 ¢/doz