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Agriculture briefs

The Cotati-based Animal Legal Defense Fund tried but failed to block Saturday's running of bulls in Georgia, an event inspired by the annual event in Pamplona, Spain.

The animal rights group discovered that state permits had not been granted for the Great Bull Run, slated near Atlanta. However, organizers scrambled to file applications and received the needed permits from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Organizers predicted that 3,000 runners and 4,000 spectators would take part in the event Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Future bull runs are planned in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The animal rights group said it is looking at state laws in California and Texas and may take legal action to stop the events in those states.

Pork production focus of talk Monday

Steve Weaver, an Elk Grove pork producer, will speak Monday in Santa Rosa on developments in the pork industry.

Weaver, treasurer of the California Pork Producers Association, will address the Santa Rosa West Rotary Club at a noon luncheon. He will discuss how farmers now use 41 percent less water and 78 percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago.

The United States has 68,000 pork producers, according to the Pork Board Speakers Bureau. The industry generates more than 500,000 jobs and more than $21 billion in personal income each year.

The public is welcome at the luncheon, which will be held at the St. Rose Building, 320 10th St. The luncheon cost is $20.

Consumers can take steps to reduce risk of salmonella

A home cook who wants to prevent salmonella can wash cutting boards, countertops and utensils thoroughly.

Foster Farms, which is dealing with a salmonella outbreak at its chicken plants in Livingston and Fresno, has a bigger job ahead. It must show that it can protect the public's health as it processes hundreds of thousands of birds delivered from poultry ranches every day.

The company said last week it is still collecting research as it responds to an outbreak that has sickened an estimated 317 people since March.

Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation in Modesto, said much of the future efforts will involve washing carcasses and equipment even more than Foster Farms was doing.

The Washington-based National Chicken Council urged consumers to cook chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit in order to ensure safety.

Staff and wire reports. Submit items to robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com

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