All hog producers and employees who care for our hogs participate in the Hormel Foods Quality Assurance Program. As part of this program, suppliers are certified in the proper way to transport and treat animals on their farms. Their farms are subject to random audits by third parties.

Through our annual Spirit of Excellence Awards, we recognize hog producers that exemplify our commitment to quality at Hormel Foods. In 2014, we awarded 68 suppliers with a Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year. This includes 14 awards in the pork procurement category and two awards in the provisions category.

At Hormel Foods, quality assurance and operations personnel perform daily internal audits in our processing facilities to maintain the highest animal care practices. In fiscal year 2014, eight external audits were performed by outside auditors in our processing facilities. Internally, we participated in 1,084 formal audits and 90 audits were conducted by company management at our processing facilities on an unannounced, random basis. In 2014, we received no incidents of noncompliance with laws and regulations and voluntary standards related to transportation, handling and slaughtering practices.

To learn about animal care at Hormel Foods, visit the Animal Care section of our corporate site.