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Antibiotic Alternatives

Tyson Foods is using essential oils and botanicals – like oregano, thyme, yucca and peppers – as alternatives to antibiotics in our chicken production. We also use probiotics – like the good bacteria found in yogurt – as another antibiotic alternative to help with our chickens’ digestive health.

Tyson Foods Response to Oxfam America

We value our Team Members and treat them with respect. If they need a restroom break, we have extra people who can fill in for them. We do not tolerate the refusal of requests to use the restroom.

We’re concerned about these anonymous claims and while we currently have no evidence they’re true, are checking to make sure our policies on restroom breaks are being followed and our Team Members’ needs are being met.

We also already use an independent audit firm to assess working conditions in our plants to make sure our Team Members are being treated with dignity. The auditors interview dozens of workers and focus on areas like worker treatment, compensation and safety.

Animal Well-Being

Consumers deserve to know their food is produced responsibly, using established best practices for animal handling. At Tyson Foods, we take that responsibility very seriously.

Antibiotic Use

We are striving to eliminate human antibiotics from our broiler chicken* production by September 2017 and we’ll publish the progress made toward this goal beginning with our 2015 Sustainability Report.

 

Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza – January 15, 2016: The case of avian influenza reported in Indiana by USDA does not involve Tyson Foods. We don’t have any turkey operations in Indiana and our chicken operations are in the southeast part of the state.  

Dietary Guidelines 2016

We’re pleased the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services kept the new dietary guidelines focused on nutritional and dietary information and reaffirmed the role of lean meat and poultry in a healthy diet.

Food Safety

 We’re committed to producing safe, healthy food. Our company has programs, processes and technology in place covering all aspects of food safety, from the farm to our processing facilities and even to the consumer.

Hormones and Steroids

Tyson Foods does not add hormones or steroids to chickens or turkeys raised by the farmers who grow for our company. In fact, federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones or steroids in chicken or turkey. 

Meat and Poultry Nutrition

Health experts, federal nutrition guidelines and parents everywhere recognize the importance of protein in our diets. According to the U.S. government’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” meat and poultry are high quality sources of complete protein and “proteins are the most important macronutrient in the diet.”

Palm Oil

We use palm oil in a limited number of our bakery products. In fact, our total purchases are only about 0.02 percent of global consumption. While our usage is minimal, we strive to source palm oil from suppliers who share our company’s values when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection. 

Ractopamine

The cattle and hogs we buy come from independent farmers who share our values and the values of consumers when it comes to ensuring livestock are treated well and receive proper nutrition. 

Sodium

At Tyson Foods, we are committed to making great food and making a difference. That’s why we provide healthful food options and started a corporate-wide initiative to reduce sodium in our products without significantly affecting flavor or impairing food safety.

Sow Housing

We’re committed to the proper treatment of the livestock and poultry in our supply chain. That’s why we implemented the Tyson FarmCheck® program in 2012, which involves third-party auditors who check such things as animal access to food and water, proper human-animal interaction and worker training on the farms that supply us. 

What's in a Chicken Nugget

We make many different types of chicken nuggets to meet the needs of our grocery and restaurant customers and, ultimately, consumers.

Workplace Safety

We value our employees (whom we call Team Members) and want to make sure they stay safe on the job. That’s why providing a safe place to work is so important to us. We have extensive safety and health training, programs and policies in place at all of our facilities.

Zilmax

Animal well-being is a core value at Tyson Foods. That’s why in August 2013 we notified our cattle suppliers of our decision to suspend buying cattle given a government-approved feed supplement known as Zilmax.

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