News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

Agrifood Angle

Roy Graber combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Will Hormel suit outcome signal end of ‘natural’ label?

Court determines company was not being deceptive with use of the word ‘natural,’ but public is learning that such a label doesn’t mean much
The overuse of labels on meat and poultry products has been the topic of many discussions, and the consensus reached in most of those discussions I have heard is many of those labels are meaningless.
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Chicken nugget labels must mean something to HuffPost

Review offers recommendations on chicken nugget products viewed as healthy and those seen as less favorable
If you haven’t seen the recent review in the Huffington Post that lists what a panel of dietitians have listed as the healthiest frozen chicken nuggets, the ones that are “iffy” and the ones to avoid, it is worth reading.
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GAP, RSPCA absent from Denny’s broiler welfare pledge

Will more broiler welfare commitments be more open-minded about chicken breeds it sources?
To date, it appears most restaurant chains to adopt policies on broiler welfare have committed to source only chicken from slower-growing broiler breeds that are approved by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) or the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), or both.
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Driver for Wayne Farms learns to not always trust GPS

When driver tries to cross historic wooden bridge upon advice of GPS, he and his cargo do not make it across
A tractor-trailer load of Wayne Farms chicken products didn’t make it to its intended destination because of one person’s over-reliance on a global positioning system, more commonly known as a GPS.
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Mercy for Animals pounces with Iowa ag-gag law’s demise

Those in Iowa’s livestock and poultry industry should be cautious as Mercy for Animals ‘undercover investigators’ could be coming
It didn’t take animal rights group Mercy for Animals long to jump at an opportunity after a federal court struck down Iowa’s ag-gag law as unconstitutional.
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Food bloggers impressed with Ontario chicken farm

Effort in transparency yields confidence in chicken raised in Canada
If anyone in Canada is skeptical of how chickens are raised in the country should be able to consumer Canadian chicken with confidence after a recent transparency project from Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO).
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