An animal welfare program announced last year by Tyson Foods is on track to begin next month. The FarmCheck program will expand auditing of chicken and cattle treatment at the farms Tyson works with.
Auditors have already begun the program on a trial basis at hog farms in Iowa and across the country. They ensure the animals have access to food and water, and that they’re being treated humanely by workers. The audits are currently being conducted by Tyson employees, but the Company plans to eventually use independent, third-party auditors.
Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman says they’ll be ready to launch the program sometime in January.