"Here's what I want people to know: at Tyson, we care enough to check on the farm; and we're determined to help find better ways to care for and raise healthy animals," said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, in a statement. According to Smith, this new program will help them to research improvements on how farm animals are raised.
Tyson currently works with more than 12,000 independent livestock and poultry farmers.
The audits, called the Tyson FarmCheck Program, have already begun on a trial basis on some of the 3,000 independent hog farms that supply the company. Auditors are visiting the farms to check on such things as animal access to food and water, as well as proper human-animal interaction and worker training.