In addition to numerous well-being benefits, careful and quiet animal handling during loading, transport, and unloading can produce meat quality benefits as well. For these reasons, we’ve implemented the following guidelines to ensure safe and responsible transportation of the chicken, cattle, hogs, and turkeys we process for our food products.
Approximately 97% of cattle, 99% of hogs, 100% of turkeys and 100% of chickens we harvest in the United States of America, India, and China are in transport to a processing facility less than eight-hours. Additionally, in fiscal 2018, we surveyed a group of our suppliers that make up more than 80-percent of the money we spent with third parties on to purchase chicken, beef, pork and dairy. Based on a 72-percent response rate, we learned the chicken meat we buy is from birds that are transported in 8 hours or less.
All drivers who haul hogs, and managers of these drivers, are required to be certified in the Transport Quality Assurance Program, developed by the National Pork Board.
We communicate our expectations throughout our workforce and supply chain on important issues such as animal welfare.