Largest U.S. Food Company Expands PAACO Certifications to include Broiler Audits
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – July 11, 2019 – Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN), announced today that its FarmCheck® Program for broiler chickens received certification from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO).
The FarmCheck program is a third-party animal welfare auditing program that ensures that livestock and poultry suppliers for Tyson Foods are evaluated and monitored for important animal welfare criteria including housing and environment, proper human-animal interaction, transportation and harvest processes. The FarmCheck broiler audit program was reviewed by a 3rd party review team and certified in meeting or exceeding PAACO standards for animal welfare audits.
“Tyson Foods has always been committed to animal welfare and our ongoing partnership is an essential piece of the company’s FarmCheck Program,” Collette Kaster, Executive Director of PAACO. “We continue to work together to find new ways to add more assurances to our joint commitment to improved animal welfare practices.”
“For more than seven years, our FarmCheck Program has been successful in evaluating our supplier farms to make sure animals are well cared for and our team members are properly trained to handle and interact with our broilers,” said Dr. Karen Christensen, senior director of animal welfare for Tyson Foods. “It’s a significant milestone that our broiler audits will now be backed by the credibility and authority of PAACO.”
Tyson Foods utilizes the Common Swine Industry Audit for its FarmCheck hog auditing program, which was certified by PAACO in 2014. Additionally, since 2017, all FarmCheck program auditors have been required to be PAACO certified, which involves on-site training, along with hands-on learning and a comprehensive exam. The company is diligently working to expand its certifications across all species to promote humane treatment of livestock throughout its supply chain.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company had 121,000 team members at September 29, 2018. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com
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