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Roy Graber

Roy Graber

Roy Graber is a senior reporter at WATT Global Media. Contact Graber via email at


Infographic: GAP broiler standard commitments

List of companies pledging to source broilers raised according to Global Animal Partnership standards growing
While the pace has slowed down, companies continue to change their policies concerning the sourcing of broiler chickens, making pledges to source only slower-growing broiler breeds that are raised according to the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards, and in some cases, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) standards.
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Gene editing in ag: 4 ways to gain consumer trust

Effective communication is key to getting public to accept or embrace gene editing in agriculture
People in the agriculture industry understand there are benefits to gene editing in animal and plant production. However, many consumers with little to no connection to the farm can be apprehensive.
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DeLauro wants thorough OSHA probe of Pilgrim’s accident

Congresswoman says Pilgrim’s Pride facility has a history of safety issues
A U.S. Congresswoman is urging the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into an accident that resulted in a fatality at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant earlier this month.
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California has second vND case in 2020

Both cases are confirmed in San Bernardino County
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has reported two confirmed cases of virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) in California so far in 2020.
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What does US-China trade deal mean for poultry industry?

Document on U.S. Trade Representative website offers some insights about parts of the agreement and how it affects the poultry sector
Phase One of a trade deal between the United States and China was signed by both parties on January 15, but many questions have been asked since the signing ceremony was held.
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First phase of US-China trade deal signed

Under agreement, $40 billion to $50 billion in US agricultural goods would be purchased annually
U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice Premier Liu He of the Republic of China signed the first phase of the U.S.-China trade deal, which the Trump administration touts as a huge boost for American agriculture.
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Maple Leaf Foods CEO tweets anger over Iran airstrike

Mad because a Maple Leaf Foods employee's wife and child were killed, Michael McCain appears to place blame on Trump administration
Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain took to Twitter to express his anger after the wife and child of a Maple Leaf Foods employee were killed when a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet was shot down accidentally after Iran launched attacks on two Iraqi military bases housing American troops.
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Maple Leaf Foods brightens birthday after cake goof

Family of 8-year-old boy ordered a Toronto Maple Leafs birthday cake, but instead got one with the Maple Leaf Foods logo
Ordinarily, when people think of Maple Leaf Foods, they tend to think of meat and poultry products, or possibly even plant-based protein products.
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