Our Commitment to Sustainability
Animal Welfare

Transparently advance animal welfare and experience.

Approach

We are committed to fostering a culture that supports animal welfare. This commitment permeates the entire Tyson Foods enterprise, from corporate leadership to team members on the ground who interact directly with animals on a daily basis.

  • Our Office of Animal Welfare is comprised of team members who work to ensure we act responsibly about the care and treatment of the animals in our supply chain and operations.
  • Each of our plants that harvest live animals have an animal welfare specialist on staff that to works collaboratively with our Office of Animal Welfare and our plants to ensure best-in-class training and practices.
  • Our animal welfare culture is grounded in training and feedback mechanisms that encourage team members to report unacceptable treatment of animals. We provide animal welfare training to every team member that comes in contact with live animals and, for those positions that require live animal handling, we provide extensive animal welfare training in advance of interacting with live animals.
  • We maintain an Animal Welfare Advisory Panel that provides guidance on current animal welfare topics; research priorities and projects; and emerging issues or technologies that may affect our industry and business.
Animal Welfare in the Value Chain

Throughout our value chain, we keep animal welfare top of mind and urge our independent farmer partners to do the same.

On the farm, company veterinarians and animal welfare specialists work closely with farmers to ensure optimal animal husbandry, nutrition, sanitation and housing practices that support animal health and well-being. In our beef and pork operations, we source fully grown animals from third-party suppliers with whom we have longstanding relationships and who are expected to maintain the same high level of animal well-being standards that we observe within our own operations. In processing operations, we invest significant resources to train team members on safe animal handling, transport and harvesting, as well as the importance of animal welfare to our values.

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Animal Welfare
Animal Welfare Monitoring

In October 2012, we launched our FarmCheck? program. Through this program, third-party auditors check the livestock and poultry farms that supply us for such things as animal access to food and water, proper human-animal interaction, and worker training.?

Animal Welfare Monitoring

Similar to our approach to food safety and quality, we have implemented animal welfare audits in all of our chicken, beef, pork and turkey plants, as well as in our chicken hatcheries. These audits serve as a system of checks and balances and help drive continuous improvement in our animal welfare policies and practices. Our audits a combination of daily, weekly, monthly and annual handling and welfare audits conducted by plant management, members of our Food Safety and Quality Assurance teams or third-party groups.

FarmCheck

1. Site Checks
Third-party auditors check on the farm for such things as animal access to food and water, as well as proper human-animal interaction and worker training.

2. Advisory Panel
An external Animal Welfare Advisory Panel has been established and includes experts in the fields of farm animal behavior, health, production and ethics. In addition to other responsibilities, the committee helps determine research priorities and reviews the audit program recommending any needed improvements.

3. Research
We also support additional farm animal welfare research. With guidance from the advisory panel, we review existing research as well as fund and promote additional research that we believe will lead to continued improvements in animal raising methods.?

4. Staff
We are giving animal welfare our fullest attention. That’s why we have a special team within the company to oversee our efforts around animal welfare.

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Antibiotics in the Supply Chain

We’ve committed to being part of the solution that addresses stakeholder concerns about antibiotic resistance and the impact of antibiotics on animal well-being. Just like people, animals can become ill. If they do, it’s our obligation to treat them.

When antibiotics are used to treat animals, we require our producers to raise their animals responsibly – including complying with all applicable laws relating to withdrawal time adherence. To ensure compliance with these laws and that all products are safe for human consumption, all of our meat and poultry harvest facilities have programs in place and participate in the FDA and USDA surveillance programs for drug residues.

Additionally, we continue to work closely with our independent suppliers to support education and awareness of new regulations and best practices around the use of antibiotics, as well as research associated with antibiotic alternatives.

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Antibiotics in the Supply Chain
Innovations
Innovations

We’re committed to innovative research in critical areas of animal welfare such as animal mobility and lameness, antibiotic alternatives, traceability and best practices in production management across the meat industry supply chain. We collaborate with various stakeholders, including academic institutions, industry groups and subject matter experts to advance innovative research in critical areas of animal welfare across the meat industry supply chain.

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Explore the Sustainability Report

Environment

Our Commitment:
Reduce our environmental impact as we feed the world.

Animals

Our Commitment:
Transparently advance animal welfare and experience.

Food

Our Commitment:
Sustainably feed the world with safe, high-quality and nutritious food products.

community

Our Commitment:
Support the communities we serve where help is needed most.

Workplace

Our Commitment:
Enable our team members to reach their unique potential.