Products from Poultry
Poultry products (broiler meat in particular) has the highest per capita consumption in the United States. People eat many different poultry products, including eggs, turkey ham, buffalo wings, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, chicken-patties, fried, roasted, glazed, marinated, etc. Not all of poultry products, however, are directly consumed by humans. For example, eggs are also used for the production of therapeutic vaccines and are beginning to be used for production of antibodies and pharmacological proteins. Part of the increase in poultry production in the 1980s and 1990s can be attributed to the development of new, further-processed, value-added products. Similarly, the egg market has changed in scope through the late 1980s such that a greater proportion of eggs that are produced are destined for a liquid egg market. Liquid egg is used in a variety of institutions including hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and if dried, included in numerous other products, such as cake mixes. Today, the U.S. produces 33% of the world's broiler meat, 53.7% of the turkey meat, and 11% of the eggs (USDA-FAS, 2001).