We use the National Turkey Federation animal welfare guidelines and the Global Food Safety Initiative guidelines for food safety as the audit criteria for our hatcheries, grower farms and processing plants, and we consistently score in the highest category.
In fiscal year 2013, 903 internal audits were conducted by the Jennie-O Turkey Store live production quality assurance department, as well as 55 production National Turkey Federation audits by live production managers and supervisors.
We perform daily internal audits in our processing facilities that are conducted by quality assurance and operations personnel to maintain the highest animal care practices. In fiscal year 2013, four external audits were performed by outside auditors in our processing facilities. Internally, we participated in eight formal audits and 109 audits were conducted by company management at our processing facilities on an unannounced, random basis.
To learn about animal care at Hormel Foods, visit the Animal Care section of our corporate site.