Food Safety Topics

Chicken Safety and BiosecurityChicken Safety and Biosecurity

We use proven, best management practices at every step in the chicken production process to ensure the safety of our products. Our hatcheries are thoroughly sanitized. We provide the Family Farmers who grow our chickens with veterinary support, nutritious feed made especially for the chickens they grow, technical assistance, and information on the best lighting, ventilation, and animal well-being practices and technology. We also help Family Farmers implement strict steps to prevent the spread of disease among animals.

Genetically Modified (GMO) GrainGenetically Modified (GMO) Grain

Since a significant percentage of the annual U.S. grain crop is genetically modified (GM) to protect it against herbicides, insects and viruses, we likely use GM grain to make chicken feed and as an ingredient in breadings and flour. But, the corn and soybeans we buy are safe to use. As noted by the World Health Organization, “GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health.”

Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 PreventionSalmonella and E. coli O157:H7 Prevention

Tyson Foods is committed to producing good, healthy foods for consumers. That’s why we use proven, safe techniques to prevent the potential spread of bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7, during the processing of meat and poultry. USDA frequently inspects random samples from establishments processing meat and poultry to ensure they meet standards aimed at reducing bacteria, like Salmonella, in foods. Our processing operations use multiple technologies to ensure carcasses are clean. We’ve implemented ways to make more effective use of chlorine, as well as alternatives to chlorine. Salmonella present on raw meat and poultry could survive if the food is not cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature. Food may become contaminated by unwashed surfaces or handling that may result in cross-contamination.
The chemicals in some of the antimicrobial rinses we use to keep carcasses clean during processing are very similar to what is used in some mouthwashes.