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Chicken or the Egg?

Posted on May 2, 2008
Egg and Chicken

Tyson Foods, the meat and poultry slaughter giant, thinks injecting antibiotics into an egg, left, is different from injecting a chicken, right.

Tyson Foods was ordered by a judge Thursday to cease a false multimillion-dollar ad campaign promoting its claim that its chickens are “raised without antibiotics.” The key question centers on the word raised and whether the egg stage can be considered to be outside the process of raising chickens.

The Washington Post:

Poultry giant Tyson Foods has 14 days to dismantle a national multimillion dollar ad campaign centered on the claim that its chickens are raised without antibiotics, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled yesterday [Thursday].

The ruling is a setback for Tyson in its ongoing battle with two of its competitors Sanderson Farms, based in Laurel, Miss., and Perdue Farms, based in Salisbury, Md. The two companies jointly sought an injunction to stop Tyson’s ad campaign, arguing the “raised without antibiotics” claim misleads consumers by making it appear Tyson’s chicken is safer or more healthful.

Then during trial in federal court in Baltimore, Tyson officials acknowledged they also inject eggs several days before they hatch with antibiotics that are approved for use in humans. Dave Hogberg, Tyson’s senior vice president for consumer products, said it is a common industry practice.

Hogberg said injecting eggs with antibiotics did not undermine the “raised without antibiotic” label because the term “raised” is understood to cover the period that begins with hatching.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

“I did not have sex with that woman.”

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By Aegrus, May 3, 2008 at 10:12 am Link to this comment

You’re right. The whole problem with the progressive movement right now is that the argument is always defined by the neo-conservative fascists who only value power and enable greed.

Life is a game, but you don’t play life. It plays you.

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By nrobi, May 3, 2008 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

The idea is not that the law needs commonsense, but we need to again make everything mean what is says.  It is the language that needs commonsense. The law is based upon philosophical debate and who has the better argument.  It is not based in commonsense, otherwise we would not have a president who declares defeat snatched from jaws of victory, calling torture enhanced interrogation techniques, and a removal of civil liberties without the people’s knowledge, protection of our basic rights. Language is itself the backbone of the reason that the shrub and Co. can get away with the things that have been happening in the last 8 years. George Orwell called it “doublespeak.”  Rightly so, this administration is the major fomenter of the idea of doublespeak and evasive language when it comes to its dealings with everyone who isn’t a member of the cabal or clique.  Should we, the American people elect in the next cycle another person or group of people, who are exactly the same, we will be paying the price and will have caused our own defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Think America, Think! Do not fall prey to the smooth-talking and oily language of another betrayer of the commonsense ideal of the founding fathers.

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By Conservative Yankee, May 3, 2008 at 6:26 am Link to this comment
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Tyson has nothing to worry about. When Hill-the-business-shill is elected she can change the law for them as she did in Arkansas. She and Tyson are butt buddies!

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By tenstring, May 3, 2008 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Boycott Tyson.

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By cyrena, May 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment


We DID have common-sense law at one point. Well, mostly.

But, this has zero to do with law in my opinion, and everything to do with renaming everything, including ideas, concepts, and changing the entire LANGUAGE.

The law is about language, and they’ve twisted it to mean what it isn’t.

How else have they managed to ‘legalize’ torture and terror?

So, we need to simply go BACK to using common-sense law. Some lawyers still do. Since this is corporate fascism, and since the only ‘law’ that corporate fascist lawyers practice is a manipulation of the language to control the political and economic enviornment, there is no ‘common-sense’ involved. It’s a deliberate practice to destroy common sense of any sort.

And yeah, I hate it too.

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By jackpine savage, May 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Since we’re talking about chickens…

In order to qualify for “free range”, a chicken farm need only have a small door leading to a concrete pen outside.  The chickens need never actually step foot outside. 

And the food and water is generally kept inside, which means that the chickens have no reason to go outside.  You may not be familiar with chickens, but a friend of mine raises them…he calls them “meat vegetables”.  The point is that the chickens aren’t going to go outside unless they’re looking for food.

By the way, isn’t Tyson fairly closely connected with one of our presidential candidates?

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By Aegrus, May 2, 2008 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

My goodness. I hate lawyers so much. Why do we debate stupid crap like this? “Eggs aren’t part of the raising process!” But life begins at conception??? For the love of life, can we ever get common-sense law? Wait.. don’t answer that question….

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