Sustainability Tyson Foods is focused on transparancy

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, March 18, 2016
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The efforts of Tyson Foods, Inc to operate responsibly and with more transparency are outlined in the company’s first comprehensive sustainability report since its 2014 acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company.
For the first time, the online report is being issued in segments over five weeks, beginning with today’s release of an update on the company’s animal well-being efforts. The animal well-being segment features more detailed information on the Tyson FarmCheck program, which involves on-farm, third party animal well-being audits. The company also is making progress toward its goal of eliminating the use of human antibiotics in its broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. The sustainability report details the company’s limited use of human antibiotics in its chicken business during the company’s last fiscal year.

In 2015, Tyson Foods also began forming working groups with independent farmers, feedlot operators and others to discuss ways to reduce the use of human antibiotics on cattle, hog and turkey farms. The company also offers consumers the option of chicken, beef and pork from animals raised without antibiotics. Other animal well-being highlights in the new sustainability report include:

The development of a formal animal well-being policy that recognizes the importance of the internationally-recognized Five Freedoms for animal well-being. The installation of third-party remote video auditing of live bird handling at the company’s U.S. chicken plants. Also plans to offer additional annual training for farmers who raise broiler chickens for the company and additional information about the animal well-being programs covering such areas as housing, training and transportation, is available on the website.
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