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 2012, 792 internal audits were conducted by the Jennie-O Turkey Store live production quality assurance department, as well as 117 production National Turkey Federation audits by live production managers and supervisors.

In our processing facilities, we perform daily internal audits conducted by quality assurance and operations personnel to maintain the highest animal care practices. In fiscal year 2012, four external audits were performed by outside auditors in our processing facilities. Internally, we participated in eight formal audits and 152 audits were conducted by company management at our processing facilities on an unannounced, random basis.

To learn about animal care at Hormel Foods, visit Animal Care.